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Update by Chuck Porcari, Maryland LCV Ed Fund Board Chair
After a year of devastating flooding and intense storms, it’s more apparent than ever that Maryland is on the frontlines of climate change and our communities, economy, and environment are all at risk.
That’s why I’m proud to announce that Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund is the first Maryland group, individual or entity to join the American Flood Coalition, a non-partisan (c-3) multi state organization advocating for solutions to flooding and sea level rise. Check out our press release here.
The American Flood Coalition includes well over 100 political, military, business, and civic leaders and organizations that have come together to consider, educate themselves on, and implement infrastructure activities that support flood-affected coastal and inland communities. Our colleagues at Conservation Voters of South Carolina are also a member of this organization. The coalition website (floodcoalition.org) includes many more details.
As an example of their work, the American Flood Coalition released for their membership both an overview and technical guide for local and regional flood vulnerability assessments. The overview guide is designed for municipal elected officials, while the technical guide is designed to walk municipal staff through the process. We hope to include these resources in our climate and water quality work.
As Maryland LCV Ed Fund works to educate Marylanders on the inevitability and effects of sea-level rise, stronger and more frequent storms in both coastal and inland flood-prone areas, the work of the American Flood Coalition can be another tool in this effort.