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ASFPM and APA awarded $1.05 million grant
Monday, February 8, 2016

NOAA Grant Will Bring Resiliency Efforts into Capital Improvement Planning

The Association of State Floodplain Managers and American Planning Association will work together to develop new national planning guidelines for coastal resiliency, thanks to a $1,054,543 Regional Coastal Resilience Grant Award from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office for Coastal Management.

Trillions of dollars of local infrastructure investments are needed in communities in the next several decades. Planning and constructing capital improvements can be done in such a way that they make coastal communities more resilient from the impacts of climate change--extreme weather events, climate hazards and changing ocean conditions such as sea level rise.

However, very little current capital improvement planning, either a project-by-project basis or multi-year effort, accounts for climate change data or resiliency. This is a very new approach and techniques are currently unknown, or are just starting to develop. This grant will help identify and advance the best techniques for incorporating long-term resiliency efforts into capital improvement planning.

ASFPM Executive Director Chad Berginnis said, "This project will mainstream techniques for building in coastal resiliency. We know there are techniques being tested and used in isolation around this country, but very few are known and widely available to engineers, planners and floodplain managers. So this project will identify, test and present those techniques to the practitioner community."

"It is a new era for hazard mitigation efforts by combining resiliency efforts into capital improvement planning efforts," said James C. Schwab, manager of APA's Hazards Planning Center. "This approach will maximize economic benefits and enhance the safety of the community. It will also push the boundaries for how communities will be able to use available federal data to make informed decisions."

"Building Coastal Resilience through Capital Improvement Planning: Guidance for Practitioners" is a three-year project. The first phase of the project will explore techniques for incorporating climate change into capital improvement planning efforts. The second phase will test the techniques among the two regional pilot program partners - the city of Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio; and Chatham County and Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission. The regional partners represent two different types of coastal communities. This will ensure the best techniques identified will be applicable to all coastal communities.

APA and ASFPM are long-standing partners of the NOAA Digital Coast program. This grant will further inform professional planners about the coastal data and tools available and enhance use. Other Digital Coast partners will play a role in advising the project.

For more information on the other projects awarded 2015 Coastal Resiliency Grants, visit: https://coast.noaa.gov/resilience-grant/projects/






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