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Sea Level Rise Task Force

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The Sea Level Rise Task Force is a temporary task force of citizens to research existing information concerning the impact of sea level rise on the City of New Castle, and to prepare remediation recommendations.

The Sea Level Task Force meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the New Castle Police Station at 1 Municipal Blvd.

The Sea Level Task Force was established for the purpose of researching available information concerning the impact of sea level rise on the City of New Castle and making recommendations to the City Council toward the furtherance of these goals and strategies.  The Task force shall review and build upon previous studies on this issue including those by the Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan of 2018, DNREC, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the New Castle Conservation District, and others as the Task Force identifies as relevant and useful.

The Task Force will exist as a public body for a period ending April 30, 2023, unless otherwise extended by City Council. A final written report of the findings and recommendations of the Task Force shall be submitted to City Council on or before the date the Task Force expires.  

Goals of the Task Force:

  1. To review available information on the impact of sea level rise on the City of New Castle and possible actions for its remediation.
  2. To prepare a prioritized list of actions the Task Force recommends that the City take for the remediation of sea level rise.
  3. To obtain and submit cost estimates for each of the recommended actions.
  4. To identify potential funding sources (such as DEMA, FEMA, and others) for these costs and what portion of the costs they are likely to cover.
  5. To prepare a list of resources for property owners who wish to take action to protect their property beyond that which the City may undertake.

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