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DNR Partners With Queen Anne's County League Of Women Voters To Host Coastal Flooding Forum

Annapolis, MD (March 1, 2010) — On Monday March 8, 2010, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will partner with the Queen Anne’s County League of Women Voters to host an evening forum to address the impact of coastal flooding and sea level rise in Queen Anne’s County. The event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kent Island Fire Department on Route 18 in Stevensville.

“The League’s mission is to encourage the informed participation of citizens in their government and this forum will provide the knowledge and tools that can be used to make a difference in our County’s future,” said Gwynne Schultz, co-president of the Queen Anne’s County Chapter of the League of Women Voters. “Participants will be rewarded with an informative and entertaining evening.”

There are significant social and economic impacts of coastal flooding and sea level rise, and both residents and government need to decide how to meet the challenges they present. The evening will provide information about possible remedies for these impacts through interactive exercises.

The program requires participants to consider options and make decisions about a hypothetical county with flooding problems similar to Queen Anne’s. Professional facilitators will mediate discussions of a series of actions that coastal communities can take to protect their people, infrastructure, and investments from future risk, and use a scorecard to rank them based on effectiveness and cost. Participants work with the choices communities face; how to build readiness, adaptability and resilience. The program will also showcase practical tools, resources and incentives to help affected communities.

There is no cost to attend this forum, but registration is required online at http://qacoastsmart.eventbrite.com or by phone at 410.260.8743.


   March 1, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

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