New tool helps local governments assess vulnerability and plan for the effects of climate change
The State is offering CoastSmart Communities grants to help local governments improve their ability to respond to coastal threats such as storm surge, flooding and sea level rise. To further assist communities in this effort, DNR has launched the CoastSmart Communities Scorecard, a new tool through which governments can evaluate their hazard preparedness based on current efforts. Read more
Governor congratulates co-honorees Maggie McIntosh and Dru Schmidt-Perkins
The Maryland League of Conservation Voters presented Governor Martin O’Malley with its inaugural Climate Visionary Award this evening, recognizing his unsurpassed leadership in creating and adopting programs to help Marylanders combat and adapt to the effects of climate change. Read more
Coastal resilience considered in preservation of Harriet Tubman National Park and Byway site
Through a first-of-its-kind easement designed to protect coastal areas from the impacts of sea level rise and storm surge, the State of Maryland has preserved 221 acres in Dorchester County along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park and Scenic Byway. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works today approved funding to preserve the land through a Coastal Resilience Easement. Read more
With Maryland set to experience the last King Tides of the summer July 21 through 24, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking residents in coastal areas to take and share photos of the resulting high waters and flooding. These unusually high tides give planners a look at what potential future sea level rise may look like. Read more
With Maryland set to experience the highest tides of the summer June 22 through 25, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking residents in coastal areas to take pictures of the resulting high waters and flooding and submit them here. King Tides as they are often called, give planners a look at what potential future sea level rise may look like. Read more
High tides to take place January 9 - 13
Maryland will experience higher than average tides January 9 through 13 and the CoastSmart Communities program is asking citizens to help document the tides by taking pictures of high water and flooding around their neighborhoods and submitting the photos here. These high tides give researchers a look at what future sea level rise may potentially look like. Read more
Governor O’Malley Signs Executive Order Helping State Prepare for Climate Change and Extreme Weather
Governor Martin O’Malley has signed a landmark initiative to increase the State’s long term resiliency to storm related flooding and sea level rise. He signed the Climate Change and Coast Smart Construction Executive Order, directing that all new and reconstructed state structures, as well as other infrastructure improvements, be planned and constructed to avoid or minimize future flood damage. Read more
Maryland is set experience some of the season’s highest tides December 12 through 15 and the CoastSmart Communities program is asking for citizens’ help in documenting the tides by taking pictures of high water and flooding around their neighborhoods and submitting them here. King Tides as they are often called, give researchers a potential look at what future sea level rise may look like.
Baltimore City utilizes last year’s grants, kicks off disaster preparedness and planning project
Hurricane Sandy was a deadly reminder of the dangers and risks associated with living on the coast. Maryland’s CoastSmart Communities program wants to remind citizens that there are grants available to help coastal areas prepare, respond and adapt to the effects of flooding, shoreline erosion, increased storm intensity, accelerated sea level rise, and other anticipated impacts of climate change. In response to Sandy’s impact, the State is announcing its request for proposals earlier this year to provide applicants with more time for pre-proposal consultation and assistance.