With Maryland set to experience the first King Tides of the fall season November 3-6, the Department of Natural Resources is asking residents in coastal areas to take and share photos of the resulting high waters and flooding. While not all communities may experience flooding, in some areas, these unusually high tides give planners a look at what potential future sea level rise may look like.
Pictures from the King Tides Initiative will be used along with photos from other flood events as visual aids in building awareness around how coastal flooding currently impacts Maryland’s coastal communities. This photo library will help planners understand how floods are impacting area schools, homes, harbors, beaches, public access points and other public infrastructure. DNR’s Chesapeake & Coastal Service (CCS) will also use this information to aid vulnerable communities that may experience increased coastal hazards.
CCS is also working to provide these areas with financial and technical assistance through the CoastSmart Communities Grant to develop plans and policies that better prepare them for the impacts of and recovery from storm events, shoreline changes and sea level rise. The next request for proposals will be released in late November.
King Tides are natural, predictable tides and are not related to sea level rise or climate change. However, as waters continue to rise, coastal areas will become more at-risk to the impacts of these tides, as well as storm surge, flooding and other coastal dangers.
For more for more information on the Maryland King Tides Photo Initiative, including a chart showing when and where tides will be highest and instructions on how to submit a photo, participants should visit dnr.state.md.us/coastsmart/king_tide.asp. To view the photo submissions, visit flickr.com/groups/MarylandKingTides.
Those with questions or comments may contact Skaggs at 410-260-8743 or firstname.lastname@example.org.