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Summary of State Agency Action

Because Rhode Island’s statewide adaptation plan, Resilient Rhody, was just released in July 2018, these pages capture ongoing state activities, before adoption of the plan. This research will be updated in the future with the progress the state is making in implementing the adaptation actions and goals set forth in Resilient Rhody.

Coasts & Oceans

The Coastal Resources Management Council, which has regulatory functions in Rhode Island, released a tool entitled Beach SAMP (Shoreline Change Special Area Management Plan) which provides a statewide map with layers illustrating risks related to coastal erosion, storm surge, wave action, and sea level rise to allow for customized regulations and management plans to address risks for specific areas.


In 2017, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management released a report on the implications of climate change for the states wastewater management. The report finds that, under hazard situations modeled, seven wastewater systems will likely be inundated and offers recommended adaptive measures to incorporate in planning and mitigating current risks.

Public Health

In 2015, the Rhode Island Department of Health released the Climate Change and Health Resiliency Report, which addresses heat, air quality, extreme weather, water quality, vector-borne disease, marine-bacteria that infect shellfish (vibro), and mental health. The report identifies the climate change impacts on public health in Rhode Island and offers strategies that can strengthen the effectiveness of public health management for climate impacts in the state.


(Research last updated: August 16, 2018).


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