APA Digital Coast Needs Assessment Survey

Issues

West Coast Region

TABLE 3k.

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

ISSUE Very High High Neutral Low Very Low NAa TOTAL
# % # % # % # % # % # % # %
Climate Change Impacts 61 27 71 32 36 16 30 13 20 9 5 2 223 100
Coastal Storms 43 19 38 17 56 25 44 20 32 14 10 4 223 100
Commercial Fishing 15 7 18 8 45 20 43 19 65 29 37 17 223 100
Conservation 64 29 83 37 49 22 19 9 4 2 4 2 223 100
Cultural and Heritage Resource Mgmt 47 21 79 35 60 27 23 10 10 4 4 2 223 100
Economic Development 83 37 74 33 43 19 16 7 3 1 4 2 223 100
Energy Development (incl. alternative) 56 25 41 18 65 29 36 16 17 8 8 4 223 100
Fiscal Planning 50 22 56 25 57 26 37 17 17 8 6 3 223 100
Flooding/Inundation/Storm Surge 85 38 55 25 42 19 25 11 10 4 6 3 223 100
Food Systems/Agriculture 20 9 35 16 48 22 56 25 46 21 18 8 223 100
Habitat Systems Restore & Monitor 68 30 71 32 42 19 18 8 16 7 8 4 223 100
Hazards Management 70 31 78 35 45 20 24 11 4 2 2 1 223 100
Infrastructure/Utilities Development 74 33 84 38 50 22 7 3 5 2 3 1 223 100
Land Use Planning/Growth Mgmt 132 59 59 26 23 10 3 1 2 1 4 2 223 100
Nearshore/Offshore Habitat Mapping 38 17 40 18 43 19 39 17 40 18 23 10 223 100
Nonpoint Source Pollution 38 17 63 28 62 28 23 10 24 11 13 6 223 100
Oil/Pollutant Spill Response 19 9 31 14 47 21 53 24 49 22 24 11 223 100
Population Migration 15 7 30 13 54 24 53 24 54 24 17 8 223 100
Port/Harbor/Marina Development 43 19 39 17 41 18 45 20 35 16 20 9 223 100
Protected Area Management 48 22 59 26 55 25 27 12 23 10 11 5 223 100
Protected Species Management 52 23 57 26 46 21 33 15 23 10 12 5 223 100
Public Access 61 27 63 28 59 26 23 10 12 5 5 2 223 100
Recreation and Tourism 51 23 64 29 59 26 31 14 13 6 5 2 223 100
Resilience 21 9 47 21 57 26 42 19 31 14 25 11 223 100
Sea Level Rise/Lake Level Change 48 22 51 23 43 19 37 17 31 14 13 6 223 100
Shoreline Change Management 42 19 54 24 45 20 38 17 28 13 16 7 223 100
Submerged Lands Management 7 3 32 14 53 24 47 21 56 25 28 13 223 100
Subsidence 19 9 22 10 53 24 54 24 55 25 20 9 223 100
Sustainability 63 28 80 36 39 17 26 12 9 4 6 3 223 100
Transportation (ground) 82 37 70 31 43 19 16 7 9 4 3 1 223 100
Transportation (marine) 23 10 41 18 41 18 43 19 49 22 26 12 223 100
Tsunami (including seiche) 37 17 37 17 41 18 46 21 47 21 15 7 223 100
Water Quality Monitoring 60 27 60 27 52 23 30 13 9 4 12 5 223 100
Waterfront & Brownfield Development 43 19 61 27 50 22 37 17 21 9 11 5 223 100
Wetland Loss 54 24 60 27 51 23 29 13 18 8 11 5 223 100
Working Waterfronts 41 18 44 20 47 21 40 18 30 13 21 9 223 100

a. Not Applicable


Table 3k lists 36 issues for which West Coast 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 (85%);
  2. Infrastructure/Utilities Development (71%);
  3. Economic Development (70%);
  4. Transportation (ground) (68%); and
  5. Hazards Management (66%).

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

  1. Subsidence (49%);
  2. Population Migration (48%);
  3. Commercial Fishing (48%);
  4. Food Systems/Agriculture (46%); and
  5. Oil/Pollutant Spill Response (46%).

The five issues with the highest percentages of respondents rating the issue as "Not Applicable" are:

  1. Commercial Fishing (17%);
  2. Submerged Lands Management (13%);
  3. Transportation (marine) (12%);
  4. Oil/Pollutant Spill Response (11%); and
  5. Resilience (11%).