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Building Blocks for Climate Change:
Tools for Assessment & Planning
Sea Level Rise Exposure Assessment Update
North Kingstown Community Center September 19, 2013
Teresa Crean, AICP
URI Coastal Resources Center / RI Sea Grant

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  1. 1. Building Blocks for Climate Change: Tools for Assessment & Planning Teresa Crean, AICP URI Coastal Resources Center / RI Sea Grant Sea Level Rise Exposure Assessment Update North Kingstown Community Center September 19, 2013
  2. 2. North Kingstown is Already Taking Action! • FEMA Community Rating System NK’s Rating = 9 – Currently 5% reduction on flood insurance premiums town-wide – NK taking steps to get down to an “8” rating = 10% reduction! • Hazard Mitigation Plan updated in 2013, estimated adoption by end of year • NK will incorporate natural hazards planning into 2014 rewrite of NK’s Comprehensive Community Plan
  3. 3. •Understand your risk •Be Prepared •Get Involved – NK Comp Plan Rewrite, 2014 – RI Shoreline Change (Beach) Special Area Management Plan www.beachsamp.org •Spread the word! Actions YOU can take!
  4. 4. HEIGHT NOW Adapted from: http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/sltrends/ sltrends_station.shtml?stnid=8452660%20Newport,%20RI Boothroyd 2013 Rate of Rise 1930-1996 9.4 +/- 1 inch/100 yr Rate of Rise 1930-2013 10.8 +/- .7 inch/100 yr
  5. 5. 2050 137 cm 100 cm 185 cm Height above NOW VR Max VR A1F1 VR B1 41 6.1 ft 4.5 ft 1.4 ft
  6. 6. Planning Horizons – what are we planning for? • Daily sea level rise, 2 high tides / day • Storm events – nor’easters, tropical storms, hurricanes TIMEFRAMES v Design life of infrastructure & maintenance schedules Updated science & modeling Lessons learned from other places 2030 - NK Comprehensive Plan (20 years) Possible 1’ SLR + storm event scenarios 2050 2075 2100
  7. 7. May 24, 2013
  8. 8. May 24, 2013
  9. 9. Marsh Impacts
  10. 10. Impediments to Coastal Marsh Migration
  11. 11. All Parcels MHHW +5’ SLR North Kingstown Study Areas 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 North Kingstown Study Areas 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 5%of total assessed property values in NK $80M of property in Wickford -150 parcels- (Study Areas 5 & 6) potentially impacted by 2100
  12. 12. Study Area 6: Wickford Commercial SLR Scenarios & SLAMM salt marsh salt marsh salt marsh SLAMM
  13. 13. Study Area 6: Wickford Commercial Impacted parcels & roadways
  14. 14. WHAT ARE THE MAPS TELLING US? Study Area 5, Wickford Historic: • Many properties exposed with high assessed value • Ingress/egress barrier @ Main St/Brown St – no alternate route out of the neighborhood • Evacuation routes out of this area are exposed to 3-foot SLR scenario • Many septic systems were recently upgraded – how do we include SLR assessment in future sewer planning? • Historic properties – what are the options to retain historic listing?
  15. 15. WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU?
  16. 16. Next Steps All of these different concerns/ projects will be used to: • Identify funds – EPA SGIA grant • Comp Plan & Haz Mit Plan • State TIP & Local Capital Improvement Program (CIP) • Beach SAMP – local & state policies & programs • Future research – GROUNDWATER! • Contributions to NK’s Community Rating System - reducing your flood insurance for all properties in NK
  17. 17. •Understand your risk •Be Prepared •Get Involved – NK Comp Plan Rewrite, 2014 – RI Shoreline Change (Beach) Special Area Management Plan www.beachsamp.org •Spread the word! Actions YOU can take!
  18. 18. Building Blocks for Climate Change: Tools for Assessment & Planning Teresa Crean, AICP URI Coastal Resources Center / RI Sea Grant Sea Level Rise Exposure Assessment Update North Kingstown Community Center September 19, 2013

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