(Civil Beat Q & A) What more should Kauai County be doing to prepare for the effects of climate change, including sea level rise and threats to the reefs?
Kauai paid for a Climate Action Plan (CAP) in 2016. Rather than reinvent the wheel and spend more money on a new plan, let’s look at the recommendations and move forward with what makes sense. Briefly, not approving building permits on Kauai’s shorelines in anticipation of water level rise is prudent.
Establishing emergency relocation areas in the event of a disaster is also a good idea.I also agree with updating zoning based on current models. On a side note: With the lack of tourism, our beaches are cleaner and our reefs are returning.