Under Chapter 628 of the 2018 Laws of Maryland, the Maryland General Assembly taskedPlanning to “establish a plan to adapt to saltwater intrusion,” in consultation with the Maryland Departments of Natural Resources, Environment and Agriculture, by Dec. 15, 2019, and to update the plan at least once every five years.Planning completed extensive research and conducted interviews with subject matter experts to better understand how saltwater intrusion and salinization currently affects Maryland, how saltwater intrusion and salinization are expected to worsen over time due to climate change, which resources are at risk, which adaptation measures are currently used or could be explored in the future, and what additional research is recommended to better understand the issue and to better inform needed adaptation measures.To access the 2019 plan, click here.
Article: Ground Game, How the Water We Can’t See Can Harm the Chesapeake Bay, The Chesapeake Quarterly, June 2020
Maryland’s Climate Action Plan includes two land use adaptation strategies to guide state-level adaptation planning efforts. The first strategy, released in 2008, addresses the impacts associated with sea-level rise and coastal storms. The second strategy, released in 2011, addresses changes in precipitation patterns and increased temperature and the likely impacts to human health, land uses like agriculture and forest, water resources, population growth and infrastructure. Planning works with partner state agencies, including Natural Resources and Environment, to determine how to help local governments plan for the impacts of climate change on Maryland cities, infrastructure and natural resources to reduce the vulnerability of residents, the economy and natural resources.
One adaptation need is to respond to nuisance flooding. For state guidance in developing local nuisance flood plans, click here.
Planning is working with other state agencies on transportation and land use actions, such as developing high-density, low-impact communities.
The law also requires any state capital project involving the construction or reconstruction of a structure to comply with the siting and design criteria established by the Coast Smart Council. MDP will be a part of the council.
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