The CoastSmart Communities Initiative (CCI) competitive grant program will provide financial and technical assistance to local governments to promote the incorporation of natural resource and/or coastal management issues into local planning and permitting activities. CCI will target coastal communities that want to reduce their vulnerability to the effects of coastal hazards and sea level rise by becoming ready, adaptive and resilient – CoastSmart. CCI seeks proposals for projects that are aligned with the strategic objectives of Maryland’s Coastal Zone Management Program and foster innovative coastal management through local initiatives that:
- Ensure that coastal communities are protected from coastal hazards and the impacts of climate change (e.g. CoastSmart Communities);
- Work to ensure coastal and ocean waters meet living resource and human needs;
- Serve to enhance the protection and management of Maryland’s coastal resources.
Welcome to the CoastSmart Communities Online Resource Center. This site has been developed to assist our businesses, communities and local governments access available products and services to address the current risks associated with coastal hazards and the potential increased impacts of those hazards in the future due to climate change. Here you will find web-based planning tools, storm surge inundation and sea level rise maps, training programs, staff resources, and access to local grants. The development of the products and services has been, and continues to be shaped by input from local communities and other stakeholders. We welcome your feedback and input.
“With over 4,000 miles of coastline, we cannot wait to tackle this threat,” said Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. “Here in Maryland we are aggressively implementing initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that will provide benefits long into the future; however, we must also ensure our communities are “CoastSmart” now - ready, adaptive and resilient.”
- Governor Martin O’Malley
Maryland is on the front line for the impacts of climate change. Communities, public infrastructure and vital habitats are particularly vulnerable, especially with respect to accelerated sea level rise, shoreline erosion and increased storm frequency and intensity. Through Maryland’s CoastSmart Communities Initiative, the Chesapeake & Coastal Program (ccs) is helping local communities identify and implement strategies to protect life and property vulnerable to coastal hazards and climate change. From hands-on training and planning tools to financial resources, ccs is ensuring that local communities have the tools that they need to identify and take the necessary actions to become ready, adaptive and resilient to the impacts of climate change.
Coastal Hazard Identification and Mapping
Access state shoreline erosion data, visualize coastal inundation from storms and identify areas at risk to sea level rise.
Planning, Training and Technical Assistance
Access to technical planning documents, staff resources, and a calendar of available training opportunities.
Grants to Local Governments
Access to available funding programs, request for proposals, funded projects and local case studies.
Access information and technical services for contractors, local managers and private landowners interested in minimizing shoreline erosion.
King Tides Photo Initiative
Calling for pictures of high tides!
June 22nd - 25th
Grab your cameras and head out to the Western, Eastern, or Atlantic shore to photograph the highest seasonal tides. We need your help in documenting how these tides look along Maryland’s shores.
Chesapeake & Coastal Service
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Tawes State Office Building E-2
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401