What should we do now?
Prepare now to better protect people, public health and communities! Flooding is coming, and that reality is understandably lost in the overwhelming COVID-19 public health crisis.
Map the site-specific flooding risks and threats. We need to focus on risks such as industrial and storage facilities with hazardous and toxic materials along the shoreline as water levels rise. Check out ELPC’s map assessing these risks.
Develop solutions for the shoreline’s built environment by modernizing land use and zoning laws as well as environmental engineering approaches to adapt to the new mostly higher water level realities. Let’s assess ways of using natural systems (e.g., wetlands restoration) and policy changes to help adapt.
This rethinking will require land-use planning, zoning, science, environmental engineering, hydrology and creativity. ELPC is working with partners and public officials who bring other solution tools to the table. We’re going to need to put all the tools to work.