WS-2: Ensure consistency in water resource scenario planning
Ensure all water resource policy, planning, and management decisions in the Lower East Coast Water Supply Planning Area are consistently aligned with:
- The latest Southeast Florida unified sea level rise projections
- Regional climate scenarios for planning (e.g., storm surge, design storm events)
- Hydrologic models used in adaptation planning, from local to regional scales
Ensure all water resource policies consider regional water management issues, including flooding and water variability. For flooding, use impact assessments for observed and predicted climate variability on the frequency, duration, and intensity of flooding connected to sea level rise, extreme tidal excursions, storm surges, 100-year rainfall events. Use impact assessments to determine where impacts will likely be greatest. For water availability, examine the effects of climate change and sea level rise on water availability and groundwater vulnerability to saltwater intrusion, based on potential changes in precipitation and evapotranspiration patterns and associated extreme drought and flood events.