National Journal: Adapting to Climate Change
November 30, 2015
Once the waters have subsided, the experience sticks. Ask residents in Miami Beach. During the past decade, they’ve experienced an increase in sunny-day flooding, when seawater surges up through storm sewers. Bigger threats could lie ahead;a report by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, a bipartisan coalition of four coastal counties in southern Florida, found the sea could rise by as much as two feet by 2060, jeopardizing valuable shoreline property.
“I think we are a great place to convert nonbelievers into believers on sea-level rise,” says Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, who is currently overseeing the completion of a $400 million project to ease flooding by raising 30 percent of the city’s roads, installing pumps, and replenishing dunes, among other measures. The mayor is a registered Democrat but sees this as a nonpartisan issue. “When you look at that ocean, it’s not Republican, it’s not Democrat—it just knows how to rise,” he says.