CoastSmart Communities is a program dedicated to assisting Maryland’s coastal communities address short- and long-term coastal hazards, such as coastal flooding, storm surge, and sea level rise. CoastSmart connects local government staff and partners to essential information, tools, people, and trainings.
Maryland’s shorelines extend over 3,000 miles along the diverse landscapes of the Chesapeake Bay, the Coastal Bays, and the Atlantic Ocean. These landscapes are highly susceptible to coastal storms, nuisance flooding, erosion, hurricanes, and are vulnerable to the long-term impacts of a changing climate. The damages and impacts resulting from flood events present a substantial threat to communities, infrastructure and natural resources throughout the state. The CoastSmart Communities Program aims to take action before an event occurs to reduce the risk to life, property and natural resources.
The impacts of both short and long term hazards will be most intensely experienced within local communities; therefore require local action. CoastSmart provides resources to local government and communities to plan, prepare and increase resilience both short and long term.
Sasha LandChesapeake & Coastal ServiceMaryland Department of Natural ResourcesTawes State Office Building E-2580 Taylor AvenueAnnapolis, Maryland 21401Phone 410-260-8718Fax 410-260-8739
Assistance to address coastal impacts; stormwater hazards and floodplain flood risk through understanding, planning and implementation.
Assistance to communities to meet the October 1, 2020 legislative requirement
to create a Nuisance Flood Plan.
Helps communities evaluate risk and vulnerability through a guided self- assessment; identifies steps for increasing resiliency.
Links practitioners to helpful tools, videos, reports, trainings, websites, and other useful information.
580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis MD 21401
Call toll-free in *Maryland* at 1-877-620-8DNR (8367)
Out of State: 410-260-8DNR (8367)