Past Event: Addressing Sea Level Rise in Shoreline Master Programs Workshop

The Puget Sound Climate Preparedness Collaborative hosted the Addressing Sea Level Rise in Shoreline Master Programs Workshop on August 2, 2018. Over the next two years, shoreline jurisdictions in the Puget Sound region will update their Shoreline Master Programs, creating an opportunity to strengthen local-level responses to sea level rise. This one-day workshop addressed how to best incorporate sea level rise projections into the Shoreline Master Programs update.

Workshop participants learned about and discussed:

  • The latest sea level rise projections produced through the Washington Coastal Resilience Project
  • How local jurisdictions have incorporated sea level rise in their Shoreline Master Programs and related shoreline planning efforts
  • State-level efforts to develop guidance on sea level rise in Shoreline Master Program planning
  • Local and cross-jurisdictional opportunities, challenges, and needs related to addressing sea level rise in shoreline planning

The event was open to staff from federal, state, and local agencies; sovereign tribal nations; non-governmental organizations; academia; and the private sector.

Speakers included Crystal Raymond and Harriet Morgan from the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, Bobbak Talebi and Sara Brostrom from the Washington State Department of Ecology, and Jim Simmonds from King County.

This event was co-hosted by the Shoreline & Coastal Planners Group and the Washington State Department of Ecology.


Workshop Summary Report

Event Agenda

Puget Sound Sea Level Rise: Projected Changes
Harriet Morgan, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group

Current State and Local Efforts to Address Sea Level Rise in SMPs
Sara Brostrom and Bobbak Talebi, Washington State Department of Ecology

Moving Beyond Base Flood Elevation Requirements
Jim Simmonds, King County

Discussion Questions
Small groups at the workshop discussed these questions in an effort to articulate the reasons and rationale for local governments to act on sea level rise.

Related Resources

Projected Sea Level Rise for Washington State
This assessment provides an updated set of sea level rise projections for coastal Washington State that incorporates the latest science. It provides community-scale projections and is designed for direct application to risk management and planning. This report was compiled by Washington Sea Grant, University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, Oregon State University, University of Washington, and U.S. Geological Survey, and was prepared for the Washington Coastal Resilience Project.

Washington Coastal Training Program
The Coastal Training Program provides practical, science-based training to professionals who make decisions about shoreline management in Western and Eastern Washington.

How Local Shoreline Master Programs Currently Address Sea Level Rise
This report provides background information to inform improvements to the State of Washington Department of Ecology’s guidance on addressing the impacts of sea level rise by helping answer the following questions:

  1. How are local jurisdictions in Washington currently addressing sea level rise using goals, policies, and regulations in their SMPs?
  2. Are local jurisdictions applying Ecology’s existing guidance?


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