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Setting Sail

RPC in partnership with the NH Coastal Program and other regional organizations implemented the New Hampshire Setting SAIL project to support municipal efforts to adopt climate adaptation strategies, improve community resilience to coastal flooding, protect public health and safety, and increase awareness of coastal flood risks. Specifically, the Setting SAIL project provided technical support for municipal implementation of recommendations from the Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission (CRHC) final report Preparing New Hampshire for Projected Storm Surge, Sea-Level Rise, and Extreme Precipitation (2016).

Descriptions and links to the materials produced for the 4 participating coastal municipalities are posted below.

Newington - worked with the Master Plan subcommittee to conduct outreach to businesses in high risk flood areas and draft climate adaptation and resilience language and recommendations for their Master Plan update

Greenland - worked with the Planning Board to prepare a Coastal Hazards Master Plan Chapter

Stratham - worked with the Planning Board to prepare a Coastal Hazards Master Plan Chapter

Exeter - worked with the town planner Dave Sharples and a group of volunteer residents to convene a Climate Change Open House and incorporate Climate Risk in the Seacoast data and maps in updated stormwater regulations (refer to section 9.3.3 on page 9-8)

This project was funded, in part, by NOAA's Office for Coastal Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act in conjunction with the NH Department of Environmental Services Coastal Program.