Preparing for the Next 30 Years of Flooding

Jan 3, 2024

According to the 2022 Sea Level Rise Technical Report, sea level rise will create a profound shift in coastal flooding over the next 30 years. If, like 40% of the U.S. population, you live in a coastal area, what does that mean for you? Think higher tides and storm surge reaching further inland. Picture moderate flooding occurring ten times more often than it does today. Imagine major, often destructive, flooding happening five times more often. 

At NERRA, we take comfort in the knowledge that Reserves and their partners are helping coastal communities imagine the future of flooding and prepare for the coming risks. Thanks to ongoing congressional support for the NERRS and its programs, Reserves are helping local officials become community leaders in efforts to mitigate flooding and erosion.

They are rallying community support for more effective and well-resourced stormwater management. 

They are helping communities build flood resilience by bringing much needed local knowledge into the planning process. 

And, they are studying, restoring, and protecting the natural infrastructure that is our first line of defense against sea level rise and flooding on the coasts. 

Investments made through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) have made it possible for Reserves and their partners to envision solutions on a scale to meet the problem; build on community relationships in ways that truly meet community need; and make strategic investments in conservation to buffer against future flooding and storm surge.

If you’re grateful to have your Reserve help make your community and others more resilient—and you want them to be here 30 years from now—tell your members of Congress. Participating in the I Heart Estuaries social media campaign is an easy way to be heard: February 12–15.  Your voice matters!

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