Water Rising: Equitable Approaches to Urban Flooding

Water Rising: Equitable Approaches to Urban Flooding

More than thirty million Americans live in high-risk flood zones, while flood disasters cost the U.S. more than $8 billion annually and climate change is exacerbating environmental inequities in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color, a report from the U.S. Water Alliance finds. Based on case studies of nine cities, the report, Water Rising: Equitable Approaches to Urban Flooding (48 pages, PDF), highlights key challenges in reducing urban flooding, including the aging of infrastructure and complexity of flood management. The report outlines five priority actions that can help advance equitable flood resilience: the use of data to identify risks, assets, and community vulnerabilities; a commitment to ongoing and meaningful community engagement; the articulation of a proactive vision and efforts to build strategic alignment; incorporating equity into resilience planning processes; and targeting investments to vulnerable communities.

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