Resilient Shorelines and Spaces Workgroup
Since forming in October 2019, the RSS workgroup has met monthly. The members include local government staff, federal and state agency experts, academic researchers, private consultants, environmental organizations, multi-jurisdictional organizations and brings together expertise in environmental ecology, shoreline engineering, permitting, policy and planning.
The purpose of the workgroup is to define data, information needs, strategies for consideration for the Regional Action Plan, and develop recommendations and guidance documents for the Coalition to help local governments become more resilient to sea level rise, flooding, erosion, reduce wetland losses, and reduce impacts to water utilities.
Currently, the Workgroup is reviewing scientific data, engineering practices and policies related to shoreline protection. The group is assessing seawall design standards, policies and minimum heights for consideration to future sea level rise and will develop guidance on shoreline protection and adaption strategies to support community resiliency. This was identified as a priority by several members of the Resilience Coalition Steering Committee. The Workgroup collects input from local governments will develop a list of priorities to address such matters as seawall standards and policy, use of living shorelines, construction, green and open space, drainage, wetlands, environmental restoration, and the policies
Next meeting: The Resilient Shorelines Workgroup will not meet Friday March 20. The next meeting will be a virtual meeting and be rescheduled for April.
The goal of the newly forming Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition is to approach resiliency from a regional perspective, working together will make our communities stronger than working separately.