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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 […]

Government Budgets Need to Start Preparing for Climate Change

Editorial by Mark Funkhouser, Governing, Oct. 31, 2017 When the subject is resiliency, what we usually think about are environmental issues, disaster preparedness and emergency response capacity. In its Climate Resilience Toolkit, for example, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration defines resiliency as “the capacity of a community, business or natural environment to prevent, withstand, […]

King Tide is Back. So How High Will the Water Rise This Time?

Howard Cohenm, Miami Herald, Nov. 2, 2017 An understandably weather-weary South Florida can’t be too excited to learn that king tide returns Friday and through the weekend. After all, a month ago the king tide, plus some crazy rains, put pockets of Miami-Dade — including Brickell, Miami Beach, Shorecrest and Doral — under flood conditions that turned […]

Beach Erosion Bill Filed Post-Hurricane Irma for 2018 Florida Legislative Session

Ali Schmitz, TCPalm, Nov. 3, 2017 A bill that would permanently secure beach renourishment money and change how the state selects projects for funding is working its way through the Legislature — again. Senate Bill 174 would dedicate $50 million of the state’s Land Acquisition Trust Fund for beach renourishment projects and require the Department of Environmental Protection to: […]

King Tides Worsened by Climate Change Trigger Flooding, Concern in South Florida

Ada Carr, The Weather Channel, Nov. 6, 2017 Worsening nuisance flooding from king tides is creating a wave of concern among residents and officials in Florida, where climate change is expected to cause sea levels to rise dramatically by mid-century. More than 100 people gathered in Hollywood, Florida, for a walk organized by the Sea […]