About Summit

Water Knows No Boundaries: Regional Resilience Collaboratives across the Nation
Nearly 41 million Americans live in the floodplain today, and that number is rising. Our National Flood Insurance Program is $20 billion in debt. One in ten public housing developments, thousands of acres of habitat, major infrastructure, toxic storage sites, small businesses and large corporations, and thousands of homes are at risk of being underwater by the end of the century or sooner. And, our recent health crisis has laid bare our vulnerability to crisis in which the costs are borne inequitably. How do we manage all of these risks in a way that supports communities, natural resources, and economies? How do we do so justly and equitably?

In this session, representatives working in five major metropolitan regions (San Francisco Bay Area, New York/New Jersey, Hampton Roads and Metro New Orleans) from a range of perspectives (elected office, state coastal management, advocacy, design and academia) will share their experiences in facilitating adaptation strategies that transcend jurisdictional boundaries, including multiple levels of government, agencies, and stakeholders in an interdisciplinary approach to adapting to a changing climate context. Speakers will detail and compare different governance and planning approaches toward coordinated regional action, regulatory and policy changes (land use, environmental review, permitting, building code, flood risk disclosure), social and environmental justice issues associated with adaptation, managed retreat (floodplain restoration and buyout programs), and the use of natural and nature-based approaches in building resilience to rising seas.
Disaster Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resilience