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17 Jun

Climate change, South Florida sea level rise preparation could cost SFWMD $1 billion

A new,  10-year program to prepare for sea level rise could cost the South Florida Water Management District more than $1 billion, according to estimates of the project. The three-step program could begin next year and would be the most expensive program dues to its construction. With plans well under way, the district will hire […]

1 May

Monroe County Advances Road Elevation Project

This year, Monroe County has taken steps to adapt the county road systems to projected sea level rise and increased frequency of king tide flooding. In accordance with the Regional Climate Action Plan’s recommendation to prioritize adaptation investments to reduce the impact of flooding and sea level rise on transportation infrastructure, particularly on evacuation routes […]

30 Apr

Miami Beach Improves its Community Rating System Score and Increases Insurance Savings

Through policy leadership and collaboration across multiple city departments, the City of Miami Beach has successfully improved its Community Rating System (CRS) score from Class 6 to Class 5, which will increase flood insurance premiums savings from 20 to 25% citywide effective May 1, 2019. The CRS is a voluntary program under the Federal Emergency […]

30 Apr

The Climate Compact Visits Tallahassee

In early February, a group of senior city and county staff from Compact partners met with Florida legislative and executive branch leaders in Tallahassee. The primary focus of the outreach was to increase state investment of time and resources in climate resilience activity. The main event was a resiliency briefing for legislators arranged by Rep. […]

5 Apr

Wheeler delivers adaptation money to Miami. Is it enough?

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler recently closed a nearly $100 million low-interest loan to the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department. The loan, part of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program, aims to help the utility end wastewater discharges into the ocean, boost its peak capacity and make the system more resilient. A state mandate […]

1 Mar

How Coastal Cities Confronting Climate Change Are Mitigating The Risks

Listen to the full interview here. Boston NPR Here & Now’s Eric Westervelt spoke with the Susy Torriente, chief resilience officer and assistant city Manager for the city of Miami Beach, as well as a valued Compact member. A new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists estimates more than 300,000 coastal homes in the […]

28 Jan

In Florida, a new Governor shifts gears on environment, and maybe on climate change

Governor Ron DeSantis’s first directives address sea level rise and the importance of science in environmental policy. Without an appointment to the position of chief science officer, it is unclear how these early initiatives will be carried out. Local governments are looking to the administration for support in adaptation efforts that cities and counties have […]

25 Jan

The Compact Releases 10-Year Regional Greenhouse Gas Inventory

The Compact just completed a regional greenhouse gas emissions inventory. The new data will be used to inform the Compact’s climate change mitigation activity and monitor the region’s progress. A foundational tenant of the Compact is Broward, Miami Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach counties’ collective commitment to reduce regional emissions.The inventory reviews 10 years of […]

24 Jan

Miami-Dade County Plans for Septic System Resilience

Miami-Dade County is addressing its sea level rise vulnerability from the ground up. Areas across the county, beyond just the coast, are vulnerable to rising sea and groundwater levels. Onsite septic systems used to handle wastewater located in low-lying areas face particular challenges, as septic system drainfields must be above the groundwater table and remain […]

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