2019 CAW-CCAP Annual Meeting: Climate Adaptation Legal Strategies & Municipal Considerations


Members of the NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (CAW) and the Maine Climate Change Adaptation Providers network (CCAP), with additional municipal representatives

When Thursday, May 30, 2019, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

The View at Pepperrell Cove, Kittery Point, ME – DIRECTIONS


Please register by 5pm on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Space is limited, so registration is required! $30 registration fee.

A limited number of partial or full scholarships are available if needed. For more details, contact: Esperanza Stancioff, ME Sea Grant, at esp@maine.edu or 207-832-0343 (for those from Maine), or Lisa Wise, NH Sea Grant, at lisa.wise@unh.edu or 603-862-2356 (for those from NH).

Contact Questions? E-mail Lisa Wise or call (603) 862-2356.

This workshop will provide a professional development and co-learning opportunity for members of CAW and CCAP with additional municipal stakeholders to learn more about the legal strategies and considerations for municipalities related to climate adaptation. The workshop will also provide time for networking and discussion between attendees and experts in the field.

Note: American Institute of Certified Planners credits are available for attending this event.

Workshop Objectives: Participants will – 

  • be able to recognize the legal issues municipalities are likely to be concerned about or run into when implementing adaptation
  • be more familiar with legal authority, consequences and options for implementing climate adaptation strategies at the local level
  • become more comfortable assisting communities to adapt
  • help identify opportunities for additional legal research and outreach

Draft Agenda:

9:00am-9:30am Registration and Light Refreshments
9:30am-9:45am Welcome from CAW and CCAP
9:45am-11:00am Are State and Local Governments Liable for Implementing or Failing to Implement Climate Adaptation? Elena Mihaly and Deanna Moran, Conservation Law Foundation

Examples of Approaches and Opportunities to Institutionalize Resilience in Local Laws, Ordinances, Regulations, and Policies

Katie Spidalieri, Georgetown Climate Center (via Zoom)

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch

Lightning Presentations & Panel Discussion: Diving into legal considerations of specific topics

  • Land Use and Real Estate – Kevin Baum, Hoefle, Phoenix, Gormley and Roberts, PA
  • Septic Systems – Elena Mihaly and Melissa Paly, Conservation Law Foundation
  • Road Infrastructure – Read Porter, RI Sea Grant Legal Program, Roger Williams University Marine Affairs Institute
  • Clean Energy Projects and Initiatives – Jeff Thaler, Visiting Professor, Maine School of Law
3:00pm-3:15pm Wrap-up


Related Resources:


  • New Floodplain Maps for a Coastal New Hampshire Watershed and Questions of Legal Authority, Measures, and Consequences. LINK
  • Presentation slides and legal factsheets from Adapt CT Legal Workshop Series, hosted by CT Sea Grant and the Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR): LINK
  • Presentation slides and videos from 11/16/18 Legal Strategies for Climate Adaptation in Coastal New England Symposium at Roger Williams University School of Law: LINK
  • Conservation Law Foundation. 2018. Climate Adaptation and Liability: A Legal Primer and Workshop Summary Report. LINK




This event is sponsored by NH Sea Grant and ME Sea Grant, with additional planning support from NH Department of Environmental Services and ME Department of Environmental Protection.