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December 23, 2013

Marylanders Asked to Snap and Share High Tide Photos

by Martha
Annapolis City Dock during a King Tide. Life-size tatues at the dock are up to their knees in water.

Annapolis City Dock during a King Tide

With Maryland set to experience winter King Tides December 31 through January 3, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking residents in coastal areas to take and share photos of the resulting high waters and flooding. While not all communities may experience flooding, in some areas, these unusually high tides give planners a look at what potential future sea level rise may look like.

Pictures from the King Tides Initiative will be used, along with photos from other flood events, as visual aids in building awareness around how coastal flooding currently impacts Maryland’s coastal communities. DNR’s Chesapeake & Coastal Service (CCS) will us this photo library to help state and local practitioners further understand how floods are impacting area schools, homes, harbors, beaches, public access points and other public infrastructure. 

King Tides are natural, predictable tides and are not related to sea level rise or climate change. However, as waters continue to rise, coastal areas will become more at-risk to the impacts of these tides, as well as storm surge, flooding and other coastal dangers. Learn more via EPA’s factsheet here.

For more for more information on the Maryland King Tides Photo Initiative, including a chart showing when and where tides will be highest and instructions on how to submit a photo, participants should visit To view the photo submissions, visit

To help coastal communities better prepare for coastal hazards and sea level rise, CCS is providing financial and technical assistance through the CoastSmart Communities Grant. This grant encourages local governments to incorporate coastal hazard adaptation and mitigation into long term strategic planning, new or modified codes and ordinances, permitting processes, education and outreach campaigns, and other relevant programs. Project examples and grant requirements can be found in the Request for Proposals, located here. Applications are due by February 28, 2014.

Those with questions or comments about the King Tides initiative or the CoastSmart grant may contact Kate Skaggs at 410-260-8743 or

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