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Town of Branford Coastal Resilience Plan

Dewberry and Milone & MacBroom Inc.
Created: 12/20/2019 - Updated: 1/03/2020


The Town of Branford has approximately 28,225 residents living within 22.0 square miles of land. The town has over 20 miles of coastline along Long Island Sound. Recent events such as Tropical Storm Irene and Hurricane Sandy have underscored the risks associated with occupying coastal areas and highlighted the fact that property owners and municipalities bear a heavy financial burden to recover from these types of events.

This Coastal Resilience Plan has been developed as a toolbox to build coastal resilience in the coming years. The plan presents a menu of townwide and location-specific options that are available to adapt to changing conditions or, at the very least, prepare for the future events like Hurricane Sandy. As time passes and our collective understanding of sea level rise is refined, Branford will have the option to update this plan to reflect the town’s evolving approaches to building resilience.

Published On

Wednesday, June 1, 2016


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Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Governance and Policy
Develop / implement adaptation plans

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The Town of Branford, Connecticut created the Coastal Resiliency Fund in 2019. Branford believes that future exposure to and costs associated with climate change represent long-term liability that needs to be addressed through targeted funding and investment. The town will make annual appropriations to the fund and invest the assets using a long-term strategy.