Federal Leadership for Relocation of Coastal Communities
More severe storm surges and rising sea levels along the coast of the United States pose a threat to coastal communities, infrastructure, and ecosystems. The Biden Administration has proposed to develop a framework to support communities that express interest in relocating their homes and businesses to higher, safer ground. On July 26, 2023, the Environmental Law Institute hosted a panel of experts from academia, nonprofit organizations, and federal agencies that explored principles and policies the federal government may adopt as it develops a national framework for relocating coastal communities. This Dialogue presents a transcript of that discussion, which has been edited for style, clarity, and space considerations.