Road to Nowhere

Legal challenges in protecting coastal infrastructure.

Adapting to sea level rise is a challenging business and it's made harder by our complicated legal system.  An important discussion today on the Coastal Conundrum Podcast.

Coastal local governments are working to develop plans and strategies to adapt to rising seas and increase resilience of community infrastructure, especially roads. Many plans involve protecting, elevating, realigning and even abandoning coastal roads.  However, implementing adaptation strategies can be stymied by the current complex and often conflicting legal framework of duties, immunities, and takings law surrounding those decisions.

Join host Bill O'Beirne and his guests Shana Jones and Thomas Ruppert -- two legal experts that specialize in the law of coastal adaptation -- for a deep discussion on the legal framework needed to assist coastal states and communities as they work to meet the challenges of sea level rise and coastal flooding.

Bill O'Beirne

Bill O'Beirne is the principal at O'Beirne & Associates LLC where he is providing guidance on coastal zone planning, management and governance as well as advice and guidance on coastal resilience. Bill has been involved in coastal planning and management for over thirty years, working at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Institute for Environmental Negotiation. He has worked with local, state, and territorial Coastal Zone Management and Estuarine Reserve Programs in almost every region in the US. That work included programmatic, governance and topical issues ranging from enhancing public access, watershed management, to planning for resilience. He has a masters of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia.