June News and Events Roundup


In-person meeting

Our 3rd in-person meeting was held on Tybee Island, GA, April 13-15. A big thank you to all those that attended and presented!  All the presentations have been uploaded to the workshop page on our website. We will share the final report next month!


Southeast region receives two NOAA Regional Coastal Resilience Grant Awards!

Southeast Disaster Recovery Partnership

The Southeast coastal region is vulnerable to a variety of disasters that can impact the vitality and long-term viability of its coastal communities.  Planning for the disaster recovery process provides an opportunity to build long-term resilience to future hurricanes, flooding, and other hazards. The Southeast Disaster Recovery Partnership has been established to strengthen the ability of the Southeast’s coastal economy and environment to recover from the next coastal disaster.  Partners from the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, FEMA, NOAA, regional organizations, and the private sector are working together to provide the information, tools, and plans coastal communities need to effectively prepare for post-disaster recovery and to facilitate the engagement of businesses in recovery planning.

Projects in each state will enhance the ability of coastal communities to prepare recovery plans by adapting FEMA’s National Disaster Recovery Framework, a guide that includes recommendations for coordination structures across state, local, tribal, and private sector groups and leverages existing resources through Recovery Support Functions (RSFs).  The Partnership will provide opportunities to build regional capacity by learning from state and local experiences, sharing best practices, and drawing on expertise and resources from within and outside of the region.  With a focus on building the private sector’s capacity to prepare for long-term recovery, the Partnership will establish a Resilient Business Network to assess the challenges to business engagement in recovery planning and identify opportunities to increase that engagement through public-private partnerships.

Partners: North Carolina Emergency Management, South Carolina Emergency Management Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and Florida Department of Emergency Management, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, FEMA, NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association, The Nature Conservancy, South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Atlantic Business Continuity Services, Anderson Insurance Associates, and the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety.

Funding: $1,257,459 ($803,713 Federal, $453,746 Other)

Contact: Kristine Cherry (843-209-3940, kristine.cherry@gsaalliance.org)


Building Community Resilience to Water-Related Hazards in the Charleston, SC Region: A Charleston Resilience Network Initiative

A grant awarded to the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium (Consortium) on behalf of the Charleston Resilience Network (CRN) will help community leaders plan for and adapt to the area’s increasing flood challenges by supporting the development of more robust and localized flooding models that can be used to plan infrastructure improvements in the Charleston, S.C. region and engaging the community through facilitated discussions. The mapping will focus down to the individual parcel level to examine the ability of the fast-growing, low-lying community to absorb flood impacts and build resiliency to flooding. The flood maps will factor in new data on storm drains and sewer lines, the impacts of severe high tides and heavy bursts of rain and on how the topography influences the movement of water. The goal will be more effective infrastructure and land use planning, as well as water management practices that minimize risks from chronic and episodic flooding events.

The second phase of the project will focus on getting this information in the right hands and making sure it is understandable and easy to use for decision-makers throughout the Charleston region. The keys to this effort will be a series of CRN participatory workshops with stakeholders and the expansion of the S.C. Coastal Information Network’s existing web portal. The web portal was created by the Consortium and local, state and federal partners to provide a one-stop location to find coastal-related information of interest to local communities. The website will be updated to enhance simple navigation through the extensive library of flooding and resiliency information, tools and resources, which are available at http://sccoastalinfo.org.

The CRN (http://www.charlestonresilience.net) is a regional public/private partnership formed in 2014 to support and improve resilience efforts in the region. Partners include the Consortium, City of Charleston, Charleston County, Charleston Water System, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (DHEC-OCRM), SCANA Corp. and Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Infrastructure Protection and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will provide advice.

Partners: South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, Charleston Resilience Network, College of Charleston, University of South Carolina, and The Citadel.

Funding: $765887 ($510,319 Federal, $255,568 Other)

Contact: Liz Fly (843-953-2097, elizabeth.fly@scseagrant.org)



June 2016 Events 

1 June 2016, 2:00 p.m. Webinar: Benefit Cost Analysis Tools for Drought and Ecosystem Services. These tools were developed to support FEMA’s effort on Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities. Sign in to the webinar here. Call-in Number 1-800-320-4330, PIN 445008#

6 – 7 June 2016: National Groundwater Association – Groundwater from the Mountains to the Sea in the Central Atlantic Region, Virginia Beach, VA.Learn more

7 – 8  June 2016: GIS Training for Coastal Resource Professionals – University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez PR.  Learn more

9 June 2016: Kingdom Living Temple Church – Creating a Climate for Change (an environmental justice conference). Florence, SC. Learn more

8 – 10 June 2016:  US Water Alliance, One Water Summit 2016 – Atlanta, GA Learn more

16 June 2016 : 6th Annual Water Symposium: The Future of Water in a Green World. Hosted by the North Carolina Green Industry Council; Raleigh, NC Learn more

21-22 June 2016: Climate Education Workshop Training. Hosted by the NOAA Climate Stewards Education Project in New Orleans, LA  Learn more


Upcoming Events

18 – 20 July: ACCO’s 2016 Climate Strategies Forum. East Coast, Arlington, VA.  Learn more

18 – 22 July: Mangroves and Macrobenthos Meeting, St. Augustine, FL. Learn more

3 – 4 August: Training: Climate Education Workshop: Rising Tides and Changing Times. Charleston, SC. Learn more

22 – 25 August: EcoStream Stream Ecology and Restoration Conference, Asheville, NC Learn more

24 – 25 August: Climate Fundamentals Academy: South Florida Regional Workshop. Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Learn more

12 – 14 September: Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference, Charlotte, NC Learn more

19 – 21 October: 11th Annual Regional Stormwater Conference, Birmingham AL. Learn more


Items of Interest

Grant opportunities:

FEMA FY16 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program – $90 million

  • Applications Due: June 15, 2016
  • Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments

FEMA has announced funding to assist states, territories, federally recognized tribes, and local communities to implement a sustained pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program to reduce overall risk to the population and structures from future hazard events, while also reducing reliance on federal funding in future disasters. Learn more.

FEMA FY16 Flood Mitigation Assistance Program – $199 million

  • Applications Due: June 15, 2016
  • Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments

FEMA has announced funding to implement and sustain cost-effective measures that reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to buildings insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Properties included in a project sub-application for flood mitigation assistance funding must be NFIP-insured at the time of the application submittal and prior to the period of availability or application start date. Learn more.

CDC Building Resilience Against Climate Effects: Enhancing Community Resilience by Implementing Health Adaptations Program – $4.5 million

  • Applications Due: June 20, 2016
  • Eligible Entities: State and local governments

CDC is making available funding to implement the Climate and Health Adaptation and Monitoring Program (CHAMP), which involves developing an Implementation and Monitoring Strategy (IMS) for interventions stated in climate adaptation plans. The IMS should utilize evidence-based public health interventions and incorporate monitoring and evaluation strategies and activities to achieve measurable health impacts and reduce the health burden of climate change. Expected program outcomes include increased community-level engagement in climate and health adaptation, as well as increasing resilience of public health systems and health infrastructure. Learn more.

FWS National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program – $17 million

  • Applications Due: June 29, 2016
  • Eligible Entities: State governments

FWS has announced funding to acquire, restore, and enhance wetlands in coastal states through competitive matching grants to state agencies. Ranking criteria for proposals include describing how the proposed project addresses climate change concerns, how it will be affected by climate change impacts, and references to any relevant plans and models. Learn more.


Is there anything you’d like us to share?
E-mail Amanda Farris at afarris@sc.edu if there is a news item or event you would like to share with fellow SEC CCoP members in future editions of the monthly roundup.

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