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:

Invitation to Join Land Subject to Coastal Storm Flowage Advisory Group pdf format of Invitation to Join LSCSF Advisory Group

Meeting of August 5, 2014:

LSCSF Advisory Group Meeting Minutes, August 5, 2014 doc format of Minutes of LSCSF Advisory Group Meeting, 5 August 2014

Meeting of May 22, 2014:

LSCSF Presentation - "Maintaining Coastal Infrastructure in Massachusetts: Approaches for Shoreline Management" pdf format of Presentation: Maintaining Coastal Infrastructure in MA
file size 1MB ppt format of Presentation: Maintaining Coastal Infrastructure in MA file size 3MB

LSCSF Presentation - "Coastal Shoreline Stabilization" pdf format of Presentation: Coastal Shoreline Stabilization
ppt format of Presentation: Coastal Shoreline Stabilization file size 1MB

LSCSF Presentation - "Plant-Focused Bioengineering Techniques in Dynamic Coastal Wetlands" pdf format of Presentation: Bioengineering in Coastal Wetlands
file size 8MB ppt format of Presentation: Bioengineering in Coastal Wetlands file size 13MB

Meeting of April 30, 2014:

Agenda: Land Subject to Coastal Storm Flowage Advisory Group - Meeting One doc format of Agenda: LSCSF Meeting One, April 30, 2014

Minutes of April 30, 2014 LSCSF Advisory Group doc format of Minutes of April 30, 2014 LSCSF Advisory Group

 

Documentation:

Recommendations for Performance Standards for Land Subject to Coastal Storm Flowage doc format of Recommended LSCSF Performance Standards

Coastal Floodplain Task Force Land Subject to Coastal Storm Flowage Recommendations doc format of LSCSF Performance Standards

Collection of Municipal Bylaws Regulating LSCSF doc format of Collection of Municipal Bylaws Regulating LSCSF

Presentation on Current Impacts to Land Subject to Coastal Storm Flowage pdf format of Presentation on Current Impacts to LSCSF
file size 1MB ppt format of Presentation on Current Impacts to LSCSF file size 4MB

Presentation on Future Impacts to Land Subject to Coastal Storm Flowage pdf format of Presentation on Future Impacts to LSCSF
file size 3MB pptx format of Presentation on Future Impacts to LSCSF file size 9MB

NAIOP Climate Change Preparedness: Guiding Principles for the Commercial Real Estate Industry pdf format of NAIOP Guiding Principles on Climate Change

Massachusetts Climate Change Adaptation Report