Fort Lauderdale Walks the Talk on Climate Adaptation

The City of Fort Lauderdale is strengthening local resilience to sea level rise and flooding by investing public dollars. The City's Community Investment Plan lists 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 city’s “adaptation action areas” were informed by a 2013 City of Fort Lauderdale pilot project to test the development and advancement of adaptation policy. NOAA was a partner in this pilot through the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact.

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Partners: NOAA, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Broward County, South Florida Regional Planning Council