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Green Infrastructure for Chesapeake Stormwater Management in a Changing Climate

February 2018

Citation: ELR 10150

Author: Cynthia R. Harris

One of the greatest impacts of climate change on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed will be the need for stormwater management. With green infrastructure, the Chesapeake region is in position to take national leadership on the issue of climate change impacts to vulnerable coastal communities and to demonstrate resiliency in the face of change. This Article examines and addresses potential legal obstacles and describes the most promising pathways within the existing legal framework. It recommends specific actions that legislative and regulatory bodies can take to modify the current stormwater management regime to more easily incorporate pragmatic consideration of climate change impacts.

Cynthia R. Harris is a Staff Attorney at the Environmental Law Institute.

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