Thursday, May 29, 2014

Viewpoint: U.S. Can Learn from Florida Climate Change Response

It's real for us, but not in Tallahassee or Washington, D.C. for that matter. Other than being part of the four County compact, I'd like to know how Lake Worth is responding to issues like storm drainage and potable water wells and how it relates to or is reflected in the Lake Worth 2020 Plan. Click title for link. From the article:
"Florida’s state and national politicians, including Governor Rick Scott and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, are free to question whether climate change exists. Local officials don’t have that luxury. When it floods, people call city hall.

The need for a practical response, requiring both pumping stations and political cooperation, makes South Florida ground zero (sea zero?) in the debate over climate change. Its public officials, elected and otherwise, are showing how adaptation is not only necessary but also possible.

Miami Beach, for example, is installing 80 underground pumps to deal with the increasingly frequent “sunny-day floods” that inundate the western side of the island city during high tides in the fall and spring. The Miami-Dade County is reseeding mangroves behind the beaches and preserving coastal wetlands to soak up intensifying storm surges. Engineers in Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach are experimenting with new designs for “backflow preventers” to keep seawater from rushing into public pipes but still allow freshwater to flow out."