Editor, Konk Life, 5/28/2017
WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers testified at the inaugural public meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives’ House Climate Solutions Caucus in Washington, D.C. Her remarks emphasized the reality that many local governments already are being forced to take expensive action to prepare for the negative impacts of sea level rise on their communities and their vital infrastructure.

In her remarks, Carruthers said that to date most of the costs to address necessary adaptation to sea level rise so far have been borne primarily by local governments, whose revenues are directly related to property values. She added these costs are not cheap: “For just two projects we are considering, the costs (to elevate roads to help prevent tidal flooding) could range from about $1 million for a quarter of a mile of road to over $10 million for a mile and a half.”

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), who represents the Florida Keys, chairs the bi-partisan caucus that quickly has grown to 40 members – 20 Republicans and 20 Democrats. The mission of the Climate Solutions Caucus is to educate members on economically-viable options to reduce climate risk and to explore bipartisan policy options that address the impacts, causes and challenges of our changing climate.

Carruthers also testified about the importance of maintaining the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to protect private properties in flood risk areas. Due to climate change, the flood risk areas no longer are limited to coastal communities.

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