DIGITAL COAST
Improving Coastal Resiliency with Better Data, Tools and Training


Senator Baldwin (WI) introduced an updated version of the Digital Coast Act (S. 2890) on September 18, 2014, to address the issues preventing passage of the Digital Coast Act of 2013 (HR 1382) that was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 21, 2013. The new act authorizes the Secretary of Commerce, through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to establish a constituent-driven program and develop an information platform capable of efficiently integrating coastal data with decision-support tools, training, and best practices. It will also lead to the coordinated collection of priority coastal geospatial data to inform and improve local, state, regional, and Federal capacities to manage the coastal region.
The Senate version of the Digital Coast Act is co-sponsored by Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Maria Cantwell (D-WA.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mark Begich (D-AK), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Angus King (I-ME).

The following documents support the introduction of this Bill:

Open Letter to Congress

Letter to Congress from the Digital Coast Partners

State Fact Sheets

State of Alaska and the Digital Coast
State of California and the Digital Coast
State of Florida and the Digital Coast
State of Hawaii and the Digital Coast
State of Louisiana and the Digital Coast
State of Maine and the Digital Coast
State of Maryland and the Digital Coast
State of New Jersey and the Digital Coast
State of New York and the Digital Coast
State of Rhode Island and the Digital Coast
State of South Carolina and the Digital Coast
State of Wisconsin and the Digital Coast

Online Link to County Snapshots

Digital Coast County Snapshots for Each State



Briefing In Support of HR 1382
Digital Coast Act of 2013


Monday, July 8, 2013
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Rayburn HOB 2103

The Digital Coast Partnership (identified by logos above) presented a briefing on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Digital Coast initiative. Digital Coast — a constituent-driven program — improves coastal economies and ecological health by helping communities address on-the-ground planning, resource management challenges with just, cost-effective, and participatory solutions. Reps. Ruppersberger (D-MD) and Young (R-AK) introduced The Digital Coast Act of 2013 (H.R. 1382) on March 21, 2013, and it has been referred to the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs.

Speakers for this briefing included:
    • Jason Jordan, Director of Policy & Government Affairs, American Planning Association
    • Chad Berginnis, Executive Director, Association of State Floodplain Managers
    • Bill Burgess, Washington Liaison, National States Geographic Information Council
    • Allison Hardin, Planner, City of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
    • Kurt Allen, Vice President, Photo Science, Inc.

The following materials were available at this briefing:

Public Announcement of Briefing

Slide Presentation Used by all Speakers

NSGIC Advocacy Sheet on Digital Coast

Estimated Impact on Jobs