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Rutgers University’s current projections estimate a 1.4-foot rise in water by 2050, leaving coastal and riverine communities increasingly vulnerable to inundation, flooding, and storm surge. Encroaching sea waters threaten to destroy the integrity of North Jersey’s wetlands, the loss of which means the loss of an important ecological resource and a critical barrier that protects communities from flooding and storm surge. However, by dedicated efforts to maintain existing or new wetlands, communities can reduce vulnerability to the impacts of climate change while preserving important ecological systems. This webinar will introduce participants to: Sea level rise and storm surge projections The threat climate change poses to wetlands The importance of wetlands in mitigating the impacts of climate change Successful wetlands creation and restoration projects implemented by North Jersey communities Funding sources that have supported successful projects in North Jersey The presentation will be followed by a 10 minute Q&A. Participants in the webinar are eligible for .75 AICP CM credits. Webinar presenters: STACY KRAUSE, AICP/PP, CFM, Senior Research Specialist Environmental Analysis and Communications Group, Rutgers University Stacy Krause is a licensed, professional planner and certified floodplain manager with a primary focus in environmental and climate resilience planning. Currently at Rutgers University, Ms. Krause conducts coastal vulnerability assessments, creates mapping to support hazard mitigation planning, and identifies land use and zoning actions and policies that communities can utilize for better climate and hazards preparedness. She has written a Climate Adaptation Plan for Ventnor City, NJ and has conducted coastal vulnerability assessments for over a dozen NJ communities as part of both the NJ Coastal Zone Management Program and funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. LEAH B. YASENCHAK, PhD, AICP/PP, CEcD Leah B. Yasenchak served as New Jersey Future’s Local Recovery Manager for the towns of Tuckerton and Little Egg Harbor from 2013 through 2016, and continues to work with New Jersey Future to support resiliency efforts in these towns. She is a Principal at Brownfield Redevelopment Solutions, a consulting group which assists public entities with planning and implementing revitalization strategies, including identifying and obtaining funding, managing projects, and working with regulatory agencies to satisfy cleanup requirements. Leah has more than 25 years of experience at the federal and local levels in environmental policy, grant writing and administration, and brownfields redevelopment. Dr. Yasenchak received her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Public Administration of Environmental Policy from The American University, her Master of Environmental Science degree from Johns Hopkins University, and her Doctorate in Environmental Planning from Rutgers University. She is a certified and licensed planner and a certified economic developer.