The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), in partnership with Federal agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), is hosting the first of multiple stakeholder meetings on the South Atlantic Coastal Study (SACS). The SACS was authorized by Section 1204 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016 to proactively address coastal storm risks of vulnerable coastal populations, infrastructure, ecosystems, and economies within the Corps’ South Atlantic Division (SAD). The study includes tidally influenced shorelines subject to damages from coastal storms and sea level rise within North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The study will conduct regional analyses of coastal risk throughout SAD and identify measures to address vulnerabilities. Coastal risk reduction is a responsibility shared by all stakeholders including coastal communities, local and state governments, tribes, Federal agencies, and others. A major goal of the SACS is to leverage and support stakeholder efforts currently furthering coastal risk reduction and resilience. See the attached place mat for additional information on the study.

A Vision Meeting 1 webinar will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 to provide information and initiate collaboration on the proposed study scope and schedule. A  “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) document will be developed and comments and questions are due by March 20, 2019. Regional meetings will follow as the study progresses providing opportunities for face-to-face discussion. For complete SACS and meeting information contact the USACE with SACS@usace.army.mil.