The Wetlands and Waterways Program has commenced an Advisory Group to develop and adopt regulations for performance standards for Land Subject to Coastal Storm Flowage (LSCSF). To date the WPA regulations have lacked performance standards within this coastal resource area, leading to confusion about how to adequately protect this resource area. Some standards have been applied which relate to protecting buildings by ensuring implementation of the building code, and to the construction of coastal engineering structures. However, standards are needed to preserve the characteristics of the landforms of the floodplain (e.g. slope, vegetative cover, permeability etc.) to protect the interests of storm damage prevention and flood control. The current understanding of an increase in the rate of sea-level rise and the effects of climate change have expanded the need for the development and adoption of LSCSF standards. MassDEP has scheduled a series of Advisory Group meetings and will continue to post related materials to this website.
Meetings & Agendas:
Meeting of August 5, 2014:
Meeting of May 22, 2014:
LSCSF Presentation - "Maintaining Coastal Infrastructure in Massachusetts: Approaches for Shoreline Management" file size 1MB file size 3MB
LSCSF Presentation - "Coastal Shoreline Stabilization" file size 1MB
LSCSF Presentation - "Plant-Focused Bioengineering Techniques in Dynamic Coastal Wetlands" file size 8MB file size 13MB
Meeting of April 30, 2014:
Presentation on Current Impacts to Land Subject to Coastal Storm Flowage file size 1MB file size 4MB
Presentation on Future Impacts to Land Subject to Coastal Storm Flowage file size 3MB file size 9MB
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