Coastal Resiliency Commission
- In 2019, Madison Board of Selectmen adopted a resolution establishing the Madison Coastal Resiliency Commission.
- This action was in response to state law PA 18-82, which requires municipalities to plan for the potential impact of climate change and sea level rise.
- After soliciting applications from residents and conducting interviews, the Town appointed the Commission in November 2019. There are three subcommittees: Communication, Technical, and Policy.
- The Commission will work closely with appropriate State agencies, including the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) and the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), to assist in evaluating the projected impacts of climate change and sea level rise.
- The Commission will develop a plan for consideration by the Board in the next 18 months and the plan will include proposed capital projects and policy and regulation changes.
- State law has mandated consideration of a 20-inch rise in sea level by 2050. Sea level rise has direct impacts on the Connecticut shoreline:
- Increased erosion rates.
- Increased frequency of flooding, coastal inundation, and roadway damage.
- Beaches become eroded, salt marshes move landward, and property can be damaged.
- A storm surge or high tide that would not have been a problem in the past, now results in more frequent flooding; extreme storm events can cause even greater damage.
- In 2016, Madison developed an initial Coastal Resiliency Plan.
- The plan was developed by consultants under the direction of town officials.
- The plan considers methods of adaptation to sea level rise, including accommodation, protection, and retreat.
- The Commission will use this 2016 plan as the starting point for a more complete plan.
- The Commission will endeavor to engage the entire Madison community to ensure accurate information exchange via multiple communication channels, including:
- Dedicated webpage on Town website
- Educational materials
- Open meetings
- In-person events with Town groups
- Social media
- Traditional media