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Coastal Sensitivity to Sea Level Rise

Appendix 1: State and Local Information

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has released a report that discusses the impacts of sea level rise on the physical characteristics of the coast, on coastal communities, and the habitats that depend on them. The report, Coastal Sensitivity to sea level Rise: A Focus on the Mid-Atlantic Region examines multiple opportunities for governments and coastal communities to plan for and adapt to rising sea levels.

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Appendix 1 discusses many of the species that depend on potentially vulnerable habitat in specific estuaries, providing local elaboration of the general issues examined in Chapter 5. It also describes key statutes, regulations, and other policies that currently define how state and local governments are responding to sea level rise, providing support for some of the observations made in Part III.

This set of information was not developed as a quantitative nor analytical assessment and therefore is not intended as a complete or authoritative basis for decision making; rather, it is a starting point for those seeking to discuss local impacts and to examine the types of decisions and potential policy responses related to sea level rise.

From Box 1in Section A. Piping Plovers feeding along  the  beach below the high water mark. Photo Source: USFWS, New Jersey Field Office, Gene Nieminen, 2006.The subsections concerning species and habitat are largely derived from a U.S. EPA report developed in support of this Synthesis and Assessment Product (U.S. EPA, 2008), with additional input from stakeholders as well as expert and public reviewers.  The appendix includes text boxes on the vulnerability of piping plover, horseshoe crab, diamondback terrapin, red wolf, That report synthesized what peer-reviewed literature was available, and augmented that information with reports by organizations that manage the habitats under discussion, databases, and direct observations by experts in the field. The sections that concern state and local policies are based on statutes, regulations, and other official documents published by state and local governments. 

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