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Mr. Grover J. Fugate

Wrong Grover J. Fugate?

Executive Director

Local Address: Wakefield, Rhode Island, United States
Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council

Employment History

  • Head
    Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council
  • Executive Director
    Coastal Resources Management Council
  • Executive Director
  • Director of Shore Zone Management
    Department of Development , Government of Newfoundland and Labrador


  • M.B.A.
    Memorial University.
  • degree , natural resource management
    University of Connecticut
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Grover Fugate, executive ..., 25 Feb 2014 [cached]
Grover Fugate, executive director of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council agreed, saying, "We're seeing these effects today; it's here upon us already."
Fugate added that agencies throughout the state have been working on strategies to address climate change individually for sometime, many that are considered "vanguard" compared to other areas of the country.
The evening included informal ..., 11 Feb 2014 [cached]
The evening included informal observations from agency representatives, including: Janet Coit, Director of Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management; Grover Fugate, Executive Director of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council; William Sequino, Executive Director of RI Clean Water Finance Agency; Ray Marshall, Executive Director of Narragansett Bay Commission; and June Swallow, Chief, Office of Drinking Water Quality at the Rhode Island Department of Health. 
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Grover Fugate, head of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) and the face of the state's climate research and planning, recently said climate change is happening faster than scientists can model it.
At a Jan. 8 Statehouse conference, proponents of addressing climate change in Rhode Island divulged some startling new projections. They also crystallized their message, and highlighted the need for funding.
Fugate presented an engrossing depiction of the destruction in store from rising sea levels, eroding shorelines and potent storms. Some of the current findings:
Salt marshes are eroding at an accelerated rate. Rhode Island's sea level is projected to rise 2 feet higher than global estimates - up to 7 feet by 2100. Modeling suggests that sea level could rise between 20 and 50 feet along the East Coast. 
Rates of beach erosion are increasing, prompting the need to relocate some buildings along the coast of South Kingstown and Westerly, Fugate said. Twenty-six foot tall sea walls would be needed to hold back rising waters, he said.
Fugate and others noted that costs will only increase from billions to trillions of dollars if action isn't taken.
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for Grover Fugate Coastal Resources Management Council
Grover Fugate, executive ..., 14 Jan 2014 [cached]
Grover Fugate, executive director of the Coastal Resources Management Council, believes not.
He says outmoded methods were used to produce the maps and claims FEMA did not follow the letter of the law in developing the maps. He has called on FEMA to review the process. So far he hasn't gotten an answer to his request that goes back to last summer.
Fugate believes some coastal areas would be far more severely affected than the maps indicate, while some bay areas may actually be better off than what the maps have forecast. From his review, however, most sections of Warwick would be harder hit than the maps suggest.
Fugate is sympathetic to the issue and suggests the state and municipalities could help by providing tax credits for efforts to mitigate floods. Essentially, this would consist of elevating housing, which he says would have the effect of reducing insurance premiums while stimulating the economy by creating construction jobs. Tax credits, he said, would provide an incentive.
But Fugate's basic concern is that the FEMA maps released within the last six months were modeled on assumptions that weren't reflective of conditions. He said methodology from the 1970s was used in generating the maps when FEMA used systems developed in the 1990s to draw maps for other parts of the country. In many cases the maps underestimate the impact of storms. He said calculations are that dunes along beaches in Washington County could break wave action when in reality some of those dunes have already been swept away. He said experience has shown dunes believed to offer a protective barrier disappeared within two hours of a storm like Super Sandy.
Fugate believes the maps would have been more accurate had they been based on flood elevations reached during the 1938 hurricane that swept Conimicut and Riverview houses into the bay and inundated most of Oakland Beach. He suggested the storm surge of 1938 should have been used in modeling for potential impacts of today.
In an Aug. 26, 2013 letter to FEMA acting regional director Paul Ford, Fugate expressed his concern with the models used for the preliminary flood insurance rate maps for Rhode Island.
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