• Wesley Shaw posted an update in the group Group logo of New EnglandNew England 5 years, 6 months ago

    Sea level rise faster in southern New England than the rest of the Atlantic Coast?
    A new article finds that sea level rise is happening faster, and sometimes far faster, in the middle to northern stretches of the US Atlantic Coast than in the ocean basin as a whole. How much faster? The currently accelerated rate could add nearly an extra foot of…[Read more]

  • Adrianne Harrison posted an update in the group Group logo of New EnglandNew England 5 years, 7 months ago

    Please join us for the next StormSmart Coasts New England webinar focused on building resilience through planning and preparing for storms in New England. David Vallee with the Northeast River Forecast Center will kick off the webinar with a presentation on the history and potential for storm surge in New England. Matt Walsh with the US Army Corps…[Read more]

  • Rebecca Haney, CFM posted an update in the group Group logo of New EnglandNew England 5 years, 7 months ago

    Yes, that was Hull, MA. Residents elevating their homes to incorporate freeboard can get a variance from zoning to go up to four feet higher. Anne Herbst is the local contact person: aherbst@town.hull.ma.us

  • Janet Freedman posted an update in the group Group logo of New EnglandNew England 5 years, 7 months ago

    Do we have the webinar presentations somewhere on this site? My specific question is actually about changing the maximum allowable height of a building to correspond with the added freeboard. I don’t remember if this was done in Maine or Hull, MA. I would be very interested in more information on how this was done (no variance required?). Any…[Read more]

    • Hull’s freeboard variance under their zoning by-law applies only to existing buildings.

      Proposal to prevent flood damage by allowing property owners to apply for a Special Permit to elevate buildings for flood protection.

      In Article V. Section 50.2 “Footnotes to Tables in Section 50.” add the following as a new footnote (a.a.):

      ” (a.a.) The…[Read more]

  • Adrianne Harrison posted an update in the group Group logo of New EnglandNew England 5 years, 8 months ago

    Please join us for the next StormSmart Coasts New England webinar focused on building resilience through improved post-storm redevelopment practices. This webinar will pair a critical set of perspectives that together can result in progressive post-storm redevelopment approaches for coastal communities: a structural engineer (the what and how of…[Read more]

  • Stephen M. Dickson posted an update in the group Group logo of New EnglandNew England 5 years, 8 months ago

    The Portland, Maine tide gauge has turned 100! The Maine Geological Survey has posted some interesting statistics and trends, including the frequency of flooding and potential flooding (using NOAA’s Inundation Analysis Tool) with higher sea levels. For example, 83% of the highest recorded average monthly mean sea level values occurred in the…[Read more]

  • Adrianne Harrison posted an update in the group Group logo of New EnglandNew England 5 years, 9 months ago

    The presentations from last week’s StormSmart Coasts New England webinar series are now available (see attached). Thank you to our presenters Don Cameron and Skip Stiles and to our moderator Pete Slovinsky. This New England Group page is a great place to continue the discussion on the resilience of our wetlands to sea level rise.

    Also, don’t…[Read more]

  • Wesley Shaw posted an update in the group Group logo of New EnglandNew England 5 years, 9 months ago

    Just a quick thank you to today’s presenters — they did a great job. Look forward to seeing the presentations whenever they’re ready to be posted.

    Thanks!

  • Adrianne Harrison posted an update in the group Group logo of New EnglandNew England 5 years, 10 months ago

    Just a quick reminder that the next StormSmart Coasts New England webinar is scheduled for tomorrow, March 28 at 12:00. We’ve got some great guest speakers this month. This webinar will focus on the resilience of the natural environment to potential sea level rise scenarios, with presentations from Skip Stiles from Wetland Watch and Don Cameron…[Read more]

  • Julia Knisel posted an update in the group Group logo of New EnglandNew England 5 years, 10 months ago

    NOAA WEBINAR: Sea Level Rise & Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer (Wed., Apr. 4 @ 2 PM)

    Participants will ask questions and learn more about:

    1. benefits of providing interactive maps online for visualizing inundation risks and potential impacts
    2. new mapping techniques that incorporate high-resolution data sources
    3. methods used to develop the…[Read more]

  • Bob Everett posted an update in the group Group logo of New EnglandNew England 5 years, 10 months ago

    Just joined SSC and having fun navigating. Hey, does anyone want to see a plan for a tidal powered salt water to fresh water kinetic siphoning system designed to lower the ocean level ? I have schematic drawings which will be posted soon. It will be a relief to finally divulge my plans. And yes, this idea is definitely out there. Quite…[Read more]

  • Adrianne Harrison posted an update in the group Group logo of New EnglandNew England 5 years, 10 months ago

    Please join us! The next StormSmart Coasts New England Webinar is scheduled for next Wednesday, March 28, 2012 from 12-1:30 EST. Officials from the Maine Geological Survey will host the third in a series of webinars focused on building resilience – Resilience of Natural Ecosystems to Sea Level Rise: Closer looks in Virginia and Maine. Skip…[Read more]

  • Janet Freedman posted an update in the group Group logo of New EnglandNew England 5 years, 11 months ago

    I am trying to find the Stormreporter presentation. I can’t seem to find it on this site. I want to make a RI-centric version for two volunteer workshops that we are setting up with Save the Bay for the beginning of March.

  • Wesley Shaw posted an update in the group Group logo of New EnglandNew England 5 years, 12 months ago

    Just wanted to say that I thought today’s presentations were great. I had some audio challenges, so I didn’t pipe in, but I’m very interested in seeing how things move forward on this front.

    Anne (@aherbst): I’ve seen a lot of interest by other communities in potentially replicating your program: is there anything you’d do differently if you had…[Read more]

    • I would probably consider going to 3 feet for the incentive instead of 2. I was cautious about going so high that no one would participate. I think the key is doing outreach to contractors, engineers, etc. and making sure your town departments are ready to pitch the program. I use the StormSmart brochure on freeboard as well. Because it’s a…[Read more]

      • One last thought – I would really work to involve Building Departments in this. They are the most natural point of contact for builders.

      • Interesting point about aiming higher: I’ve run into this before. Seems like once people are OK with any freeboard, they’re ok with at least 3′ (which leads to great insurance reductions). It only makes sense as the incremental costs to going up another foot are minimal once you go up at all.

        • I have had mixed experience on this. There are people who don’t want to go higher than 2 feet of freeboard. Tends to be issues with # of steps and/or aesthetics.

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