Florida A & M University Law Review


Erica Mattison


Massachusetts' longstanding vulnerability to flooding is on the verge of worsening due to expected impacts of climate change over the next several years. Although legislation has prompted the state to convene a multi-agency conversation on climate change adaptation, the work has yet to result in specific planning that will prime the state for reducing damage caused by flooding and other climate impacts. With renewed leadership, the state should prioritize flood risk in the policy agenda, launch a public awareness campaign, plan for infrastructure and state property investments, and facilitate municipal action. Since the issue cannot be adequately addressed by state government alone, making Massachusetts more resilient to flooding will require action by multiple levels of government and a number of private actors.