America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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Washington Coastal Flooding

Washington currently has more than 35,000 people living in areas vulnerable to coastal flooding. The state's climate change adaptation plan contains recommendations for sea level rise adaptation but so far it has done little to implement these plans.



For more information on how prepared Washington is for its growing coastal flooding threat, read the detailed state summary.


Is Washington Taking Action?

  • Preparing for a Changing Climate: Washington State's Integrated Climate Response Strategy, the state's climate change adaptation plan, includes observations and recommendations for sea level rise adaptation
  • So far the state has only taken limited action to implement these recommendations according to an established timeline
  • Like most states, Washington has taken strong action to prepare for its current coastal flooding risks

Did you know...

  • Washington currently has almost 150 square miles in the 100-year coastal floodplain; by 2050, this area is projected to double to 300 square miles