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Resources from January 29th Workshop

Lessons Learned from Hurricane Sandy:

Protecting Watershed Resources in a Changing Climate

January 2013 Workshop
CZM Coastal Shoreline and Floodplain Manager Julia Knisel described coastal impacts of Hurricane Sandy.  January 2013.


Last week, the Saugus River Watershed Council hosted a half day workshop at the Sheraton Colonial Hotel in Wakefield to explore how lessons learned from hurricane Sandy can inform our local and regional efforts to protect watershed resources in a changing climate. Municipal officials and environmental professionals from throughout the North Shore and Boston region joined us to learn from our speakers and each other.  As a follow-up, we are pleased to share the following presentations and resources from the workshop with you. 

Workshop Presentations 


Steve Roy, Principal, LEED AP

Geosyntec Consultants

Climate Change and Stormwater Management:  Lessons Learned from Hurricane Sandy and Future Regulatory Initiatives 


Julia Knisel, Coastal Shoreline and Floodplain Manager

Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
Coastal Impacts of Hurricane Sandy and Tools for Better Management


Joan LeBlanc, Executive Director

Saugus River Watershed Council

Local Climate Change Adaptation Plans:  Saugus River Watershed  


Sam Cleaves, Senior Planner

Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Metro Boston Climate Change Adaptation Strategy 


Additional Resources 


You may also be interested in the following resources which were discussed during or as a follow up to the workshop.


Climate Change 


Video from highlighting weather extremes from 2012:


Coastal Flooding in the Northeastern United States Due to Climate Change. Kirshen, Douglas, et al. 2008.


Managing Risk:  Helping Cities in Massachusetts Adapt to Climate Change.  Report.  MIT-USGS Science Impact Collaborative. 


StormSmart Coasts. A program developed by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management to help coastal communities address the challenges arising from storms, floods, sea level rise, and climate change. Website provides a menu of tools for successful coastal floodplain management. 


Innovative Stormwater Management 


Assessing Street and Parking Design Standards to Reduce Excess Impervious Cover in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. April, 2012.


EPA New England's Soak Up the Rain Campaign.

Estimating Changes in Impervious Area (IA) and Directly Connected Impervious Area (DCIA) for Massachusetts Small MS4 Permit. U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. April, 2011.


International Stormwater BMP Database.


Stormwater Retrofit Techniques for Restoring Urban Drainage in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. April, 2012.


Technical Guidance on Implementing the Stormwater Runoff Requirements for Federal Protects under Section 438 of the Energy Independence and Security Act. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Report. 


Tour of LID Projects on Route 1, Kittery, Maine.



Special Thanks 


This workshop was part of the Saugus River Watershed Council's ongoing efforts to Protect Watershed Resources in a Changing Climate, funded in part by the Massachusetts Environmental Trust


Special thanks to workshop sponsors Geosyntec Consultants, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management, and the Sheraton Colonial North Hotel & Conference Center