Climate Change/Sea Level Rise Commission

Miles_RiverThe Climate Change/Sea Level Rise Commission consists of seven members appointed by the Commissioners of St. Michaels, with an ex-officio member from the Town Commissioners and the Planning Commission. Preference will be given to Town Residents on the Commission. Membership shall consist of representatives of the Waterways Management Advisory Board, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, waterfront business owners, and town residents, both waterfront and non-waterfront.
Ord. 523: Climate Change/Sea Level Rise Commission

The Panel meets as frequently as needed, but no less than once every three months.

The Commissioners have been studying Climate Change and Sea Level Rise and see the effects on St. Michaels. Chapter 14 of the St. Michaels Comprehensive Plan 2015, entitled Climate Resilience, recognizes the challenges associated with being a coastal community on the east coast with low sea-level, high water tables, and hurricane risks, and recognizes that it is crucial that the Town improve its resiliency measures.; and as such have created this commission.

Harbor and Stormwater Infrastructure Study
To read the study click HERE.
The Town of St. Michaels, MD received a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Grant through the State of Maryland Community Resilience Program to perform an analysis of the St. Michaels harbor and stormwater infrastructure, while considering projected sea level rise over the next thirty years. The study’s objective was to develop viable, cost efficient strategies to increase the town’s resiliency relative to both rainfall and tidal induced flooding. Eight areas of study were determined, and six flooding and sea-level rise projection maps were created as part of the study scope of work. The critical study areas were evaluated within these flooding and sea-level rise scenarios to evaluate risk and define future City mitigation and adaptation efforts. Importantly, this report outlines the Next Steps our Town might take to prepare for and put plans in place to begin these mitigation efforts. The report was prepared by George, Miles & Buhr, LLC.

Members Term Ending
Roy B. Myers, Chair 12/31/2025
Dennis F. Glackin, Vice-Chair 12/31/2024
John Marrah 12/31/2025
Douglas Rollow 12/31/2024
William Boicourt 12/31/2023
Jonathan Clarke 12/31/2023
Andrew Thaler 12/31/2022
Jefferson Knapp, Ex-Officio/Planning Commission 12/31/2023
Tad DuPont, Ex-Officio/COSM 12/31/2023
Michael Bibb, Ex-Officio/COSM 12/31/2023

The following are minutes from previous meetings of the commission:
9-9-21 Video
8-12-21 Video
7-8-21 Video; 7-8-21 Audio
6-15-21 Video; 6-15-21 Audio; 6-15-21 Minutes