Update from August 2021
Our last update, dated Feb. 2020, was a notification that work on the study was suspended because the Baltimore District did not receive federal funding in the fiscal (FY) 2020 Work Plan (published Feb. 10, 2020), nor in the Administration's proposed FY2021 budget. We are pleased to inform you that the Army Corps of Engineers received Congressional approval to reprogram federal funds ($1,450,000) towards completion of the Baltimore Coastal Storm Risk Management Study.
Funds were received in July 2021 and work has now resumed.
As a reminder, the goal of this study is to reduce coastal flood risk at key locations to people, properties, infrastructure, and resources in the study area, considering future climate and sea level change scenarios. The study authority only includes coastal flood risk, not flood risk from heavy, localized rainfall, nuisance flooding or “compound flooding”. The team will focus on regionally critical infrastructure, including port terminals, highways (and evacuation routes), hospitals, public utilities and local airport authority facilities that are susceptible to flooding. The study will also identify cost-effective opportunities to reduce economic losses due to recurring damages to structures within the identified hazard areas. Options to reduce flood risk could include levees, floodwalls, flood proofing and other nonstructural measures. Flood risk reduction measures may incorporate natural and nature-based features, such as living shorelines, where feasible. The study will consider a range of possible future sea-level change scenarios, based on best-available science, to ensure that flood risk reduction measures would remain viable over the lifetime of the project.
Both USACE and the non-federal sponsor, the Maryland Department of Transportation with support from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, remain committed to reducing flood risk in our region and look forward to continuing work on this critical study.