Coastal areas are vulnerable to flooding and storm damage—issues that are magnified by climate change and sea level rise. When located in coastal areas, stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) are subject to flooding, storm damage, and salt and wind exposure. These impacts are expected to increase over time due to sea level rise, higher groundwater levels, and more frequent and intense storms due to climate change. To help communities address these impacts, the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, funded the development of Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Stormwater BMPs and Recommended BMP Design Considerations in Coastal Communities. For links to this report and additional information, see:

This report provides relevant information for coastal communities that are seeking funding for stormwater BMPs under the Coastal Pollutant Remediation (CPR) Grant Program, which is administered by CZM.

For more information about this report, please contact the CZM Coastal Habitat and Water Quality Staff: