APA Digital Coast Needs Assessment Survey

Issues

Mid-Atlantic Region

TABLE 3i.

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

ISSUE Very High High Neutral Low Very Low NAa TOTAL
# % # % # % # % # % # % # %
Climate Change Impacts 22 23 35 37 15 16 12 13 10 11 1 1 95 100
Coastal Storms 36 38 22 23 18 19 6 6 10 11 3 3 95 100
Commercial Fishing 9 9 9 9 23 24 20 21 26 27 8 8 95 100
Conservation 43 45 29 31 15 16 7 7 1 1 0 0 95 100
Cultural and Heritage Resource Mgmt 33 35 34 36 22 23 3 3 2 2 1 1 95 100
Economic Development 34 36 37 39 17 18 4 4 3 3 0 0 95 100
Energy Development (incl. alternative) 14 15 28 29 23 24 14 15 13 14 3 3 95 100
Fiscal Planning 20 21 19 20 31 33 18 19 7 7 0 0 95 100
Flooding/Inundation/Storm Surge 47 49 31 33 9 9 2 2 6 6 0 0 95 100
Food Systems/Agriculture 9 9 22 23 23 24 25 26 11 12 5 5 95 100
Habitat Systems Restore & Monitor 24 25 26 27 25 26 11 12 6 6 3 3 95 100
Hazards Management 31 33 27 28 21 22 11 12 5 5 0 0 95 100
Infrastructure/Utilities Development 28 29 31 33 23 24 7 7 5 5 1 1 95 100
Land Use Planning/Growth Mgmt 63 66 23 24 6 6 3 3 0 0 0 0 95 100
Nearshore/Offshore Habitat Mapping 16 17 14 15 13 14 19 20 23 24 10 11 95 100
Nonpoint Source Pollution 32 34 19 20 18 19 12 13 11 12 3 3 95 100
Oil/Pollutant Spill Response 14 15 11 12 27 28 16 17 19 20 8 8 95 100
Population Migration 12 13 16 17 30 32 23 24 12 13 2 2 95 100
Port/Harbor/Marina Development 12 13 19 20 25 26 17 18 17 18 5 5 95 100
Protected Area Management 22 23 27 28 24 25 12 13 7 7 3 3 95 100
Protected Species Management 16 17 23 24 27 28 16 17 7 7 6 6 95 100
Public Access 25 26 28 29 24 25 11 12 6 6 1 1 95 100
Recreation and Tourism 30 32 28 29 22 23 10 11 4 4 1 1 95 100
Resilience 23 24 20 21 22 23 14 15 7 7 9 9 95 100
Sea Level Rise/Lake Level Change 29 31 21 22 15 16 18 19 8 8 4 4 95 100
Shoreline Change Management 20 21 25 26 19 20 15 16 11 12 5 5 95 100
Submerged Lands Management 9 9 20 21 16 17 18 19 19 20 13 14 95 100
Subsidence 9 9 17 18 21 22 16 17 22 23 10 11 95 100
Sustainability 38 40 28 29 21 22 3 3 4 4 1 1 95 100
Transportation (ground) 34 36 27 28 21 22 8 8 5 5 0 0 95 100
Transportation (marine) 11 12 14 15 22 23 20 21 20 21 8 8 95 100
Tsunami (including seiche) 4 4 10 11 10 11 17 18 35 37 19 20 95 100
Water Quality Monitoring 31 33 21 22 20 21 7 7 9 9 7 7 95 100
Waterfront & Brownfield Development 28 29 30 32 21 22 9 9 4 4 3 3 95 100
Wetland Loss 27 28 28 29 20 21 10 11 7 7 3 3 95 100
Working Waterfronts 20 21 19 20 31 33 7 7 11 12 7 7 95 100

a. Not Applicable


Table 3i lists 36 issues for which Mid-Atlantic coastal region respondents were asked to rate priorities 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 (90%);
  2. Flooding/Inundation Storm Surge (82%);
  3. Conservation (76%);
  4. Economic Development (75%); and
  5. Cultural and Heritage Resource Management (71%).

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

  1. Tsunami (including seiche) (55%);
  2. Commercial Fishing (48%);
  3. Nearshore/Offshore Habitat Mapping (44%);
  4. Transportation (marine) (42%); and
  5. Subsidence (40%).

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

  1. Tsunami (including seiche) (20%);
  2. Submerged Lands Management (14%);
  3. Nearshore/Offshore Habitat Mapping (11%); and
  4. Subsidence (11%).