Federal, State, and Local Officials Discuss Nature-Based Adaptation Strategies

November 22, 2013

Seeking new opportunities to use federal programs to help communities adapt to climate change, the Georgetown Climate Center brought together senior federal, state, and local officials Nov. 22 to discuss nature-based adaptation strategies, such as living shorelines.

The workshop focused on funding and regulatory programs administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Fish and Wildlife Service and is expected to result in recommendations to help President Obama use the Administration's existing authority to help prepare communities for climate change.

The event marked the second of three workshops that will be facilitated by the Georgetown Climate Center.  The first workshop, which focused on how to incorporate the consideration of climate change impacts into floodplain maps, disaster relief programs, and other programs that affect land-use decisions in vulnerable areas was held Nov. 18.  A third workshop, which will be dedicated to infrastructure resilience, will take place in early 2014.

The objective's of the Nov. 22 workshop were to:

- Identify the federal programs that have the greatest opportunity to support nature?based adaptation strategies.

- Identify challenges to implementing these approaches for flood control purposes.

- Identify data, information, or analysis needed to overcome challenges and integrate consideration of climate change  in identified federal programs.

The agenda and a list of participants that attended the event are below.


Agenda | Participants



Workshop Agenda

12:00 PM Lunch

12:30 PM Welcome and workshop goals

12:45 PM Introductions

1:15 PM Funding programs ? Opportunities and barriers for supporting adaptation through the Corps Civil
Works program and aligning other federal funding programs for coastal restoration and flood
control (including NOAA, EPA, FWS, USDA programs).

3:15 PM Break

3:30 PM Regulatory programs and technical support ? Opportunities and challenges for supporting
adaptation through the Clean Water Act regulatory program (e.g., Regional General Permits for
living shorelines, Special Area Management Plans, updates to the Coastal Engineering Manual)

4:30 PM Recommendation development – reflect on today’s discussion and devise recommendations for
realigning federal programs to allow for more natural and nature?based flood control solutions as a
climate change adaptation strategy.

5:30 PM Adjourn




Federal participants

  • Charley Chesnutt, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Jae Chung, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Paul Wagner, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Chris Darnell, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Michael Craghan, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Mike Shapiro, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Melissa Kramer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Jennifer Linn, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • John McShane, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Henry Hodde, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Janine Harris, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Rick Bennett, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Lisa Hair, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Miriam Goldstein, Office of Senator Edward Markey
  • Rachel Silverstein, Senate Commerce Committee
  • Matthew Strickler, House Committee on Natural Resources


State Participants

  • Mary Small, California Coastal Conservancy (by conference call)
  • Marilyn Latta, California Coastal Conservancy (by conference call)
  • Abe Doherty, California Ocean Protection Council (by conference call)
  • Natalie Peyronnin, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana (by conference call)
  • Bhaskar Subramanian, Maryland Department of Natural Resources


Local Participants

  • Jessica Fain, New York Department of City Planning (by conference call)


Non-Governmental Organizations

  • Jad Daley, Trust for Public Land
  • Tim Dillingham, American Littoral Society
  • Naomi Edelson, National Wildlife Federation
  • Bruce Stein, National Wildlife Federation
  • Emily Egginton, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • Nicole Faghin, Washington Sea Grant (by conference call)
  • Sara Gonzalez-Rothi, National Wildlife Federation
  • Eric Hartge, Center for Ocean Solutions
  • Mary Munson, Coastal States Organization
  • Sarah Murdock, The Nature Conservancy
  • Jennifer O'Donnell, Coastal Ocean Analytics
  • Niki Pace, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program
  • Pam Rubinoff, University of Rhode Island
  • Alex Score, EcoAdapt (by conference call)
  • Eric Walberg, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
  • Jay Tanski, New York Sea Grant
  • Victor Flatt, University of North Carolina