Author: Resiliency Florida

Crist Co-Sponsors Bill to Update Coastal Mapping

Staff, Tampa Bay Reporter, Oct. 14, 2017 WASHINGTON, DC – U.S Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, has joined Reps. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-MD;  Don Young, R-AK; and Elizabeth Esty, D-CT, in introducing bipartisan legislation that will help local and state governments build coastal resiliency along the United States’ 95,000 miles of shoreline. Geospatial mapping information can be complicated, expensive […]

Post-Irma: What Does It Mean To Be a “Resilient” Community?

Kate Stein, WLRN, Oct. 17, 2017 Resiliency is more than dealing with sea level rise, and Hurricane Irma made that point clearly, South Florida officials said at a post-Irma summit on Monday. The Miami Foundation hosted the event, which included a panel discussion among Monroe County administrator Roman Gastesi and the three resilience officers for the […]

Summit Organizers See Shift in Public Focus on Sea Level Rise in Collier County

Eric Staats, Naples Daily News, Oct. 17, 2017 A sea level rise summit drew a large crowd Tuesday in Collier County, a sign that local attitudes about tackling the problem are shifting, organizers said. About 200 people gathered in the Collier County Commission meeting room, including four county commissioners and three City Council members from Naples […]

Climate Change Could Decrease Sun’s Ability to Disinfect Lakes, Coastal Waters

National Center for Atmospheric Research, Science Daily, Oct. 24, 2017 A new study published in the journal Scientific Reports outlines how a rise in the amount of organic matter washed into bodies of water can stunt the ability of pathogen-killing ultraviolet rays from the Sun to penetrate the water’s surface. Scientists have already measured an increase in […]

Water Managers: Reservoir Needed, So Are Other Projects

Alex Hagen, WPTV, Oct. 26, 2017 MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. – Hurricane Irma brought significant rainfall across the state of Florida. Right now, Lake Okeechobee is still recovering from the storm. Harmful discharges continue east and west and environmentalists are calling for that reservoir south of the lake. At Stuart Angler in Port Salerno, Captain Giles Murphy […]

City Resilience Officers, Developers Share Lessons from an Extreme Season

Kevin Brass, Urban Land, Oct. 25, 2017 The hurricanes that ravaged the South and the Caribbean and the fires raging through the Northwest in recent months have refocused and energized resilience discussions around the United States. “Recent events are an almost weekly reminder of why we are here today,” said Marissa Aho, chief resilience officer for […]

South Florida Water Management District: Reservoir Would “Dent” Lake Okeechobee Discharges

Tyler Treadway, TCPalm, Oct. 26, 2017 WEST PALM BEACH — The proposed reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, in conjunction with other planned projects, would “put a huge dent” in the current discharges plaguing the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers, an official said Thursday. That was the bottom line Matt Morrison, the South Florida Water Management District’s head of […]

Millions of Gallons of Partly Treated Water Injected into St. Pete Aquifer During Hurricane Irma

Jane Jones, WFLA, Oct. 26, 2017 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – There are more sewage issues in St. Pete. Millions of gallons of partly treated water were injected into the aquifer during Hurricane Irma. This comes just two weeks out from the mayoral runoff between Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker. During Hurricane […]

U.S. Cities Ranked Most Vulnerable to Coastal Floods Due to Climate Change

Don Jergler, Insurance Journal, Oct. 26, 2017 This week is the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, which developed in late October and moved over the East Coast starting on Oct. 29, 2012, causing more than $70 billion in damage and killing 280 people. To mark that anniversary, Climate Central, a nonprofit news organization that analyzes and reports on […]