C O A S T A L    C A U C U S ,   C T

NOT NEW - BUT RELATED...
Rural Caucus - better known as UPLAND CAUCUS - just joking.

THE BIG STUDY ON COASTAL RESILIENCE - go direct to cool mapping by Nature Conservancy:  https://maps.coastalresilience.org/connecticut/

LIBRARY:  https://www.conservationgateway.org/ConservationPractices/Marine/crr/library/Pages/default.aspx#ny








THE COASTAL CAUCUS DECEMBER 3, 2019: 
http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/ctnplayer.asp?odID=16926



We watched on Dec. 27th...BLUE PLAN to be adopted in 2020 Session.


DEPUTY COMMISSIONER DEEP - BEEN AT DEEP FOR 30 YEARS.
Irene and Sandy


LIVING SHORELINES - High tide line separates Federal control from Local Control.  FEMA?  So where does the State of CT fit in? 
Points out why municipalities are on the hook. "Love Letters In The Sand" - why this song has new meaning:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ENzT9k1LRs



MY THOUGHT IN 2012 ON CLIMATE CHANGE - LEGEND:  Wetlands/cluster zoning yellow & green, high density mixed use urban development/commercial red and orange.

QUESTIONS:  Sea level rise conversation - would a state mandate help?


JANUARY 22, 2020 11am next meeting
and Co-Chair. from P&D reports need for brainstorming which committees should have bills...just change the dates on the older bills!







THE COASTAL CAUCUS INAUGURAL MEETING OCT. 28, 2019: 
http://www.ctn.state.ct.us/ctnplayer.asp?odID=16826
 

    
Planning & Development and Environment 
    

"COASTAL CAUCUS" (P&D PLUS ENVIRONMENT) HEARS FROM DEEP AND EXPERTS...WE WATCH IT FROM THE BEGINNING HERE.

38 members.  PFAS brought them together.  Impact on CT Waterways.  CIRCA thinks its role is to undertake those that are multi-town (i.e. watersheds) - Hurricane Sandy useful for data.  Tax revenues.

Is CT behind?  How complicated is the science?  Lawyer remarks that towns all over CT are having problems with roads - as we are seeing in Weston.

RESILIENCE AND THE I TOLD YOU SO FACTOR:  This actually shows the trends in frequency of storms on the L.I.S. coast from Greenwich to New Haven and New Haven to R.I.

  
https://circa.uconn.edu/

I was struck by how interesting all of this is when matched against Town of Weston road evaluations.



Upon a second viewing for details, we tried to confirm if our original read was correct: 




ONGOING RESEARCH

In the WestCOG region:  https://circa.uconn.edu/wcog-reg-crs-program/

Four towns including Danbury (to Weston's north) in study area.