Fort Lauderdale Walks the Talk on Climate Adaptation

The Takeaway: Officials are cutting flood dangers in 16 areas, and a study supported by NOAA and the state coastal management program paved the way.

A grant used to study adaptation policy, and made possible by NOAA and the Florida Coastal Management Program, led to the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Community Investment Plan. The investment plan, adopted in 2018, names the first 16 “Adaptation Action Areas” and 38 projects targeted for funding in areas experiencing negative impacts from flooding and sea level rise. Projects include new and improved stormwater and natural infrastructure; added tidal valves to relieve chronic flooding in many areas; canal dredging where silt is impairing navigation; and permanent stormwater pump generators that will keep working despite electrical outages. New software will keep track of the city’s water and stormwater assets. A stormwater preserve park, added wetland areas, and other park amenities also will be installed.

The pilot study grant was administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The South Florida Regional Planning Council worked with the City of Fort Lauderdale on the pilot project. (Original story 2016/updated 2018)

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