Coastal Adaptation Plan for the Town of Groton, Connecticut

Created: 3/29/2010 - Updated: 3/02/2020


The Long Island Sound Study (LISS) received a Partner Start-up Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Ready Estuaries Program to develop an adaptation plan for the Town of Groton, Connecticut. With support from ICLEI and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), LISS hosted a series of workshops to educate government officials on climate change, identify local vulnerabilities, and develop adaptation strategies.


LISS, in cooperation with ICLEI, the Connecticut DEP, and the Town of Groton, and with support from the EPA’s Climate Ready Estuaries Program, is developing a climate adaptation plan for Groton, Connecticut. A three-part series of workshops was held to engage representatives from federal, state, and municipal governments in adaptation planning for the town. The purposes of the workshops include:

  1. To educate stakeholders on adaptation planning and local climate change impacts
  2. To identify vulnerabilities and adaptation strategies
  3. To create a plan for implementation of identified strategies

These workshops identified specific steps that Groton (or a similar city) will need to take to adapt to climate change and which of those activities would be done on the local, state, and federal levels.


LISS proposed to and was funded by the Climate Ready Estuaries Program in 2009 to examine the division of responsibilities and roles between the federal, state, local, and private sectors in an adaptation plan from the perspective of Groton. The grant supported three workshops to train and educate government officials at all levels on their roles in climate change adaptation. The first workshop was held in January 2010 and included eight presentations on projected climate change impacts to the Connecticut coast, coastal hazards, and adaptation responses at local and state levels. In addition to the workshops, the grant will support four working groups – Infrastructure, Natural Resources and Ecological Habitats, Agriculture, and Health.

Outcomes and Conclusions

The workshops are the first step in the effort to develop an adaptation plan for Groton; the outcomes of the workshops identified local vulnerabilities and options for adaptation, and serve as a model for other local governments and adaptation initiatives. The EPA will also assist LISS to develop recommendations for improving existing monitoring efforts.


Information gathered from interviews and online resources. Last updated on 01/15/2011


Gregg, R. M. (2010). Coastal Adaptation Plan for the Town of Groton, Connecticut [Case study on a project of the Long Island Sound Study and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection]. Product of EcoAdapt's State of Adaptation Program. Retrieved from CAKE:… (Last updated January 2011)

Project Contact(s)

The Long Island Sound Study (LISS) works with federal, state, and local partners to restore and protect Long Island Sound. In 1994, the program’s goals were identified in LISS’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (the CCMP).

The DEEP achieves its mission through regulation, monitoring, inspection and enforcement, and licensing procedures that help control air, land and water pollution in order to protect health, safety, welfare and natural resources.

The Climate Ready Estuaries program works with the National Estuary Programs and other coastal managers to: 1) assess climate change vulnerabilities, 2) develop and implement adaptation strategies, 3) engage and educate stakeholders, and 4) share the lessons learned with other coastal managers.

ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability is the leading nonprofit membership association devoted to local governments engaged in sustainability, climate protection, and clean energy initiatives.  In the United States, ICLEI USA is the recognized leader in its field, creating cutting-edge tools and establishing national standards.


Scale of Project
Community / Local
Sector Addressed
Conservation / Restoration
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Air temperature
Ocean acidification
Phenological shifts
Range shifts
Sea level rise
Water temperature
Climate Type
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Capacity Building
Host adaptation training or planning workshop
Governance and Policy
Develop / implement adaptation plans
Sociopolitical Setting
Effort Stage
In progress

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