APA Digital Coast Needs Assessment Survey

Issues

Atlantic Northeast Region

TABLE 3d.

Priority of Issues for Respondents' planning practice/analysis/research (Question #10): Atlantic Northeast

ISSUE Very High High Neutral Low Very Low NAa TOTAL
# % # % # % # % # % # % # %
Climate Change Impacts 34 25 40 29 29 21 21 15 10 7 2 1 136 100
Coastal Storms 41 30 41 30 19 14 18 13 13 10 4 3 136 100
Commercial Fishing 5 4 17 13 36 26 28 21 38 28 12 9 136 100
Conservation 45 33 50 37 33 24 8 6 0 0 0 0 136 100
Cultural and Heritage Resource Mgmt 27 20 58 43 34 25 14 10 3 2 0 0 136 100
Economic Development 47 35 50 37 23 17 10 7 6 4 0 0 136 100
Energy Development (incl. alternative) 25 18 49 36 33 24 15 11 9 7 5 4 136 100
Fiscal Planning 21 15 31 23 50 37 16 12 14 10 4 3 136 100
Flooding/Inundation/Storm Surge 57 42 40 29 19 14 9 7 9 7 2 1 136 100
Food Systems/Agriculture 15 11 27 20 31 23 30 22 22 16 11 8 136 100
Habitat Systems Restore & Monitor 24 18 45 33 35 26 22 16 6 4 4 3 136 100
Hazards Management 37 27 44 32 33 24 17 13 3 2 2 1 136 100
Infrastructure/Utilities Development 44 32 43 32 28 21 11 8 8 6 2 1 136 100
Land Use Planning/Growth Mgmt 88 65 31 23 13 10 4 3 0 0 0 0 136 100
Nearshore/Offshore Habitat Mapping 18 13 23 17 32 24 30 22 24 18 9 7 136 100
Nonpoint Source Pollution 29 21 38 28 33 24 17 13 11 8 8 6 136 100
Oil/Pollutant Spill Response 17 13 17 13 33 24 23 17 34 25 12 9 136 100
Population Migration 11 8 22 16 40 29 28 21 25 18 10 7 136 100
Port/Harbor/Marina Development 24 18 34 25 43 32 15 11 16 12 4 3 136 100
Protected Area Management 22 16 39 29 31 23 20 15 17 13 7 5 136 100
Protected Species Management 13 10 34 25 41 30 21 15 19 14 8 6 136 100
Public Access 57 42 43 32 24 18 6 4 4 3 2 1 136 100
Recreation and Tourism 49 36 44 32 25 18 10 7 6 4 2 1 136 100
Resilience 28 21 22 16 43 32 20 15 6 4 17 13 136 100
Sea Level Rise/Lake Level Change 43 32 37 27 21 15 14 10 14 10 7 5 136 100
Shoreline Change Management 25 18 49 36 26 19 16 12 15 11 5 4 136 100
Submerged Lands Management 8 6 32 24 23 17 30 22 30 22 13 10 136 100
Subsidence 5 4 26 19 34 25 25 18 27 20 19 14 136 100
Sustainability 46 34 50 37 27 20 12 9 1 1 0 0 136 100
Transportation (ground) 46 34 49 36 23 17 11 8 7 5 0 0 136 100
Transportation (marine) 16 12 37 27 38 28 23 17 17 13 5 4 136 100
Tsunami (including seiche) 6 4 9 7 22 16 23 17 54 40 22 16 136 100
Water Quality Monitoring 33 24 43 32 26 19 18 13 11 8 5 4 136 100
Waterfront & Brownfield Development 38 28 56 41 21 15 9 7 10 7 2 1 136 100
Wetland Loss 36 26 42 31 31 23 10 7 15 11 2 1 136 100
Working Waterfronts 38 28 41 30 28 21 14 10 11 8 4 3 136 100

a. Not Applicable


Table 3d lists 36 issues to which Atlantic Northeast coastal region respondents were asked to rate their priority for planning practice, analysis, and research. The five issues with the highest percentage of very high or high priority ratings from respondents are:

  1. Land Use Planning/Growth Management (88%);
  2. Public Access (74%);
  3. Economic Development (72%);
  4. Flooding/Inundation/Storm Surge (71%); and
  5. Sustainability (71%).

The five issues with the highest percentage of low or very low priority ratings from respondents are:

  1. Tsunami (57%);
  2. Commercial Fishing (49%);
  3. Submerged Lands Management (44%);
  4. Oil/Pollutant Spill Response (42%); and
  5. Nearshore/Offshore Habitat Mapping (40%).

The four issues with double-digit percentages of respondents rating the issue as "Not Applicable" are:

  1. Tsunami (including seiche) (16%);
  2. Subsidence (14%);
  3. Resilience (13%); and
  4. Submerged Lands Management (10%).