Maryland LCV Ed Fund Becomes First Maryland Organization To Join American Flood Coalition

November 19, 2018

Contact: Karla Raettig, Executive Director
Email: kraettig@mdlcv.org Cell: 202-674-3174

Annapolis, MD – The Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (Maryland LCV Ed Fund) today announced it has become the first Maryland group, individual or entity to join the American Flood Coalition, a non-partisan multi state organization advocating for solutions to flooding and sea level rise.

With membership ranging from Massachusetts to Florida, The American Flood Coalition includes almost 100 political, military, business and civic leaders that have come together to consider, educate themselves on and implement national activities that support flood-affected coastal and inland communities.

“As a member of The American Flood Coalition, Maryland LCV Ed Fund can give flood-affected communities across Maryland access to the policy and planning innovations that can help counter higher sea-levels, stronger storms, and the frequent flooding associated with them,” said Maryland LCV Ed Fund Executive Director Karla Raettig.

The coalition (floodcoalition.org) includes Governors, members of Congress, state-level lawmakers, Mayors, civic organizations and businesses. 

“Our coalition converts local expertise and leadership into national solutions that protect our communities from the reality of higher seas and more frequent flooding,” said American Flood Coalition Executive Director Melissa Roberts. “We welcome the Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund to this effort, as our first member in Maryland.” 

As an example of their work, this week the American Flood Coalition released for their membership both an overview and technical guide for 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.

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The Maryland LCV Education Fund works to strengthens the Maryland environmental community by growing a base of conservation-minded voters across the state. Through outreach and education, the Education Fund builds grassroots field capacity for legislative advocacy and environmental issue work. A leading environmental organization in Annapolis, we have advocated for smart environmental policies for almost 40 years, working to make Maryland a healthy and prosperous place for families and communities. Maryland LCVEF protects public health by fighting for restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and local waters, preserving green spaces, promoting smarter growth and increasing Maryland’s investment in clean energy.