Land Subject to Coastal Storm Flowage Advisory Group

This advisory group is working on regulations for Land Subject to Coastal Storm Flowage.

The Wetlands and Waterways Program convened an Advisory Group which met in 2014 and 2015 to develop regulations for Land Subject to Coastal Storm Flowage (LSCSF). To date the Wetlands Protection Act regulations have lacked performance standards within this coastal resource area, leading to confusion about how to adequately protect these resources. 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, Coastal Zone Management and the Department of Conservation and Recreation continued to work on related issues including the research and development of draft regulations, and the publication of updated FEMA maps. The Advisory Group has been reconstituted with some new members to replace members who retired or were no longer available to participate, and commenced meeting on June 15, 2018. Relevant materials will be regularly posted to the MassDEP website.

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