Georgia Sea Grant Legal Program

The Georgia Sea Grant Legal Fellowship

This fellowship provides an opportunity for students from the UGA School of Law to work with legal and policy experts and address challenging environmental questions in coastal Georgia communities. Click here to learn more.

The Georgia Sea Grant Legal Program is an important resource in coastal law.

The Georgia Sea Grant Legal Program is a partnership between Georgia Sea Grant and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. The program solicits legal and policy questions from Georgia coastal communities, regional organizations, state agencies and others to address critical environmental, economic and social concerns affecting coastal Georgia.

In providing objective analysis for coastal decision makers, the Georgia Sea Grant Legal Program strives to support informed and effective management of coastal resources to improve hazard resilience, encourage sustainable development and promote healthy coastal ecosystems.

Highly interdisciplinary, the Georgia Sea Grant Legal Program works with scientists, local and state government leaders, extension agents and business owners to integrate the latest science with legal and policy analysis to improve hazard resilience, encourage sustainable development and promote healthy ecosystems throughout coastal Georgia. Georgia Sea Grant and Carl Vinson Institute of Government are units of the University of Georgia Office of Public Service and Outreach.

Current Projects

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Sea Level Rise Adaptation on Tybee Island
The Georgia Sea Grant Legal Program is conducting research on the application of federal voluntary property acquisition programs to Tybee Island and other coastal Georgia communities. By analyzing the legal and policy considerations of creating voluntary property acquisition programs, the Georgia Sea Grant Legal Fellows are assisting local governments in planning for recurrent flooding and sea-level rise.

Increasing Flood Resiliency
The Georgia Sea Grant Legal Program is analyzing the legal and policy implications of the participation of coastal communities in the Community Rating System (CRS), a federal program incentivizing communities to take measures to lower their flood risk. Local governments can increase flood resiliency and lower flood insurance premiums for property owners on the coast through CRS participation.

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