Sea-level rise on meeting agenda

HILO — The state Department of Land and Natural Resources will be holding its fourth public informational meeting on sea-level rise vulnerability and adaptation on Thursday in Hilo.

This meeting is one of a series of public informational meetings being held statewide to educate people about the impacts of sea-level rise and to gather comments and input about key issues and concerns regarding preparedness and adaptation.

The fifth and final meeting is in Kona on Aug. 22.

“We are in the process of developing a Sea-Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report that is to be submitted in anticipation of the 2018 Hawaii state Legislature, and we are interested in soliciting input from our island communities to help us complete the report,” said state Board of Land and Natural Resources Chair Suzanne Case.

“This SLR report is the first statewide assessment of the impacts of sea-level rise on our coastal areas. Using the best available scientific knowledge and local experience, it will help us prepare for future sea-level rise and present recommendations to reduce our exposure to SLR hazards such as erosion and extreme flooding,” said Sam Lemmo, co-chair of the Interagency Climate Adaptation Committee.

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