APA Digital Coast Needs Assessment Survey

Issues

Gulf of Mexico Region

TABLE 3h.

Priority of Issues for Respondents' planning practice/analysis/research (Question #10): Gulf of Mexico

ISSUE Very High High Neutral Low Very Low NAa TOTAL
# % # % # % # % # % # % # %
Climate Change Impacts 18 18 23 23 20 20 23 23 15 15 1 1 100 100
Coastal Storms 47 47 26 26 13 13 6 6 6 6 2 2 100 100
Commercial Fishing 10 10 7 7 27 27 27 27 19 19 10 10 100 100
Conservation 48 48 31 31 9 9 10 10 1 1 1 1 100 100
Cultural and Heritage Resource Mgmt 22 22 33 33 23 23 16 16 4 4 2 2 100 100
Economic Development 32 32 37 37 22 22 6 6 3 3 0 0 100 100
Energy Development (incl. alternative) 15 15 24 24 27 27 17 17 13 13 4 4 100 100
Fiscal Planning 21 21 21 21 34 34 15 15 6 6 3 3 100 100
Flooding/Inundation/Storm Surge 54 54 29 29 12 12 1 1 4 4 0 0 100 100
Food Systems/Agriculture 8 8 15 15 27 27 23 23 19 19 8 8 100 100
Habitat Systems Restore & Monitor 27 27 30 30 21 21 7 7 9 9 6 6 100 100
Hazards Management 37 37 33 33 16 16 8 8 6 6 0 0 100 100
Infrastructure/Utilities Development 32 32 40 40 18 18 6 6 2 2 2 2 100 100
Land Use Planning/Growth Mgmt 66 66 24 24 7 7 2 2 1 1 0 0 100 100
Nearshore/Offshore Habitat Mapping 14 14 14 14 33 33 18 18 14 14 7 7 100 100
Nonpoint Source Pollution 16 16 38 38 21 21 10 10 10 10 5 5 100 100
Oil/Pollutant Spill Response 16 16 15 15 22 22 19 19 21 21 7 7 100 100
Population Migration 10 10 25 25 26 26 22 22 15 15 2 2 100 100
Port/Harbor/Marina Development 14 14 25 25 22 22 20 20 13 13 6 6 100 100
Protected Area Management 21 21 26 26 29 29 9 9 9 9 6 6 100 100
Protected Species Management 20 20 26 26 31 31 6 6 9 9 8 8 100 100
Public Access 32 32 29 29 24 24 5 5 6 6 4 4 100 100
Recreation and Tourism 32 32 27 27 26 26 9 9 5 5 1 1 100 100
Resilience 21 21 20 20 38 38 9 9 4 4 8 8 100 100
Sea Level Rise/Lake Level Change 24 24 27 27 18 18 16 16 8 8 7 7 100 100
Shoreline Change Management 21 21 24 24 26 26 12 12 11 11 6 6 100 100
Submerged Lands Management 11 11 24 24 29 29 16 16 12 12 8 8 100 100
Subsidence 5 5 21 21 22 22 24 24 17 17 11 11 100 100
Sustainability 31 31 34 34 17 17 13 13 2 2 3 3 100 100
Transportation (ground) 41 41 28 28 16 16 8 8 7 7 0 0 100 100
Transportation (marine) 12 12 12 12 28 28 23 23 18 18 7 7 100 100
Tsunami (including seiche) 5 5 6 6 14 14 27 27 27 27 21 21 100 100
Water Quality Monitoring 24 24 25 25 26 26 12 12 6 6 7 7 100 100
Waterfront & Brownfield Development 20 20 26 26 25 25 18 18 8 8 3 3 100 100
Wetland Loss 35 35 21 21 21 21 11 11 8 8 4 4 100 100
Working Waterfronts 15 15 23 23 25 25 16 16 15 15 6 6 100 100

a. Not Applicable


Table 3h lists 36 issues for which Gulf of Mexico coastal region respondents were asked to rate priorities for planning practice, analysis, and research. The five issues with the highest percentage of very high or high priority ratings from respondents are:

  1. Land Use Planning/Growth Management (90%);
  2. Conservation (79%);
  3. Coastal Storms (73%);
  4. Flooding/Inundation/Storm Surge (73%); and
  5. Infrastructure/Utilities Development (72%).

The five issues with the highest percentage of low or very low priority ratings from respondents are:

  1. Tsunami (54%);
  2. Commercial Fishing (46%);
  3. Food Systems/Agriculture (42%);
  4. Subsidence (41%); and
  5. Transportation (marine) (41%).

The three issues with double-digit percentages of respondents rating the issue as "Not Applicable" are:

  1. Tsunami (including seiche) (21%);
  2. Subsidence (11%); and
  3. Commercial Fishing (10%).