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Planning for higher sea-levels, helping our coastal communities win recognition and save money

In collaboration with North Carolina Sea Grant, Georgia Sea Grant used Vulnerability Consequences Adaptation Planning Scenarios (VCAPS), GIS-based cost-benefit evaluations, and elevation data for flood resiliency and climate adaptation planning in the city of St. Mary’s (GA), and Hyde County (NC). Further, Georgia Sea Grant’s Community Rating System (CRS) program paired local knowledge and academic expertise to build local relationships, making communities safer and more prepared for flood events.  

As a result of Georgia Sea Grant’s integrated research and extension efforts, the City of St. Marys implemented a new Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, adopted new standard operating procedures for flood response, and entered the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) at a level of 7, resulting in an average savings of $107 per household in flood insurance premiums. This adds up to city-wide savings of $87,740 annually. St Marys plans to pursue stormwater management, planning, and green infrastructure installations to build flood resilience in its downtown area. As a result of these efforts, the City of St. Marys was recognized as one of the four communities in Georgia that worked across public-private sectors and nonprofit boundaries on initiatives that have the chance to improve the quality of life for their citizens. St. Marys Flood Resilience Plan was unanimously adopted by the City Council.

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Today, the Department of Commerce and NOAA announced $60 million in funding to help train and place people in jobs that advance a climate-ready workforce for coastal and Great Lakes states, Tribes and Territories as part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda under the Inflation Reduction Act. To date, awards like these from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda have created more than 270,000 jobs across the country.

The funding will support nine projects around the nation, with $50 million going directly to the projects and $10 million for technical assistance to support the grantees.

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Sea Grant Aquaculture Academy in New Hampshire

Sea Grant aquaculture professionals from across the country convened in Portsmouth, NH in early April for a 4-day intensive “Sea Grant Aquaculture Academy” hosted by New Hampshire Sea Grant with support from North Carolina Sea Grant.

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Sea Grant takes center stage in Oceanography special issue

NOAA Sea Grant-funded research and work with coastal and Great Lakes communities across the nation are being highlighted in a special issue of “Oceanography,” the official journal of The Oceanography Society. 

This special issue, published in April 2024, features 36 articles contributed by Sea Grant authors across 29 programs and the NOAA National Sea Grant Office. 

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