FEMA Now Considering Sea-Level Rise in Mitigation Grants

In late December of 2013, FEMA formally announced that it will now allow state, territorial, or tribal applicants for hazard mitigation assistance to include sea-level rise in their applications. Hazard mitigation assistance grant applicants have to demonstrate, via a benefit-cost analysis, that the proposed project will save as much or more money than it costs…

New legal analysis on local government liability for flooding and drainage systems affected by sea-level rise

Sea-level rise presents challenges not only to property owners but also to local governments. Local governments pay the bill for infrastructure such as roads, sewer, water, and electrical and drainage systems that can be compromised through sea-level rise or coastal flooding or erosion as exacerbated by sea-level rise. At the same time, as we have…

Florida Sea Grant receives $147,000 grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

December 1, 2011 — Florida Sea Grant Director Karl Havens received a two-year grant from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to hire an education/outreach coordinator who will focus on the effects of sea-level rise on Florida’s unique and diverse coastal natural resources. In addition to serving as the primary resource and clearinghouse…

FSG Earns Top Evaluation

Florida Sea Grant Earns Top Evaluation in National Review Over a four-year period, the National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) evaluates each of the 31 Sea Grant programs through use of an external Program Assessment Team (PAT). About one-fourth of the programs are evaluated each year. This review is used by the NSGO in its overall…

Regional Collaborations

Many of the issues affecting coastal residents and marine ecosystems are regional in scope, crossing the borders of many states. In the southeastern USA, examples of major regional issues include: protecting coastal communities from hurricanes; understanding the risk of sea-level rise and developing effective adaptation strategies; predicting the occurrence and impacts of harmful algal blooms;…