Using Nature to Address Flooding - Naturally Resilient Communities Website

The Using Nature to Address Flooding website provides a guide of nature-based solutions for managing coastal, riverine, and urban stormwater flooding. The site includes case studies of projects from across the country to help communities in adaptive planning for flooding by identifying with successfully implemented nature-based solutions.

Naturally Resilient Communities is a collaborative that built this guide, who describe nature-based solutions as those that “use natural systems, mimic natural processes, or work in tandem with traditional approaches to address these specific hazards. Communities across the country - along rivers or coasts, large or small, rural or urban - can incorporate nature-based solutions in local planning, zoning, regulations, and built projects to help reduce their exposure to flood and erosion impacts.”

The website features 30 solutions and 20+ case studies. The material can be navigated with the option to choose from search criteria of - Hazard Types; Region; Community Type (Rural, Suburban, Urban); Scale (Community, Neighborhood, Site); and/or Cost. Solution topics range from Mangroves to Flood Friendly Culverts. 

Another portion of the site is focused on Funding, and includes guidance and suggested resources under the topics of Budgeting, Taxes, Fees, as well as links to Federal Grant Programs. The Georgetown Climate Center’s Green Infrastructure Toolkit is highlighted for funding guidance:

“Both the EPA and the Georgetown Climate Center have put together extensive resources on funding and financing opportunities specifically focused on the implementation of nature-based projects. While these resources focus largely on managing stormwater, they provide an excellent overview of the kinds of sources of funding that may be available to a community.”

 

Naturally Resilient Communities is a partnership of organizations including the Nature Conservancy, the American Planning Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Association of State Floodplain Managers and the National Association of Counties - who all seek to support natural and adaptive solutions to flooding. The website was built by the design firm Sasaki and sponsored by the Kresge Foundation.

 

Publication Date: April 6, 2017

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