Coastal Resilience in the Gulf: Incorporating Projected Levels of Flooding into Planning

August 18, 2020 1:30 pm — 2:30 pm

This webinar focused on why it is important to consider the projected levels of flooding in coastal Mississippi when planning infrastructure, including transportation infrastructure. The material presented covered the current levels of flooding in coastal Mississippi, how those levels are increasing, why it is useful to incorporate the projected levels of flooding into planning as a matter of policy, and a preview about the tools that can be used (tools will be covered in detail in the subsequent presentation). This webinar also explained the role and certain duties of local governments in maintaining infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, making infrastructure more resilient, and provide examples. As many bridges and other infrastructure are being replaced in coastal Mississippi, now is the time to act and make sure that projected levels of flooding are being considered.


1:30 – 1:35            Introduction

                                Amy Reed and Sofia O’Connor, Environmental Law Institute


1:35 – 1:55            Incorporation of Projected Levels of Flooding into Planning

                                Renee Collini, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and
                               Mississippi State University


1:55 – 2:10             Role of Local Governments in Maintaining Infrastructure

                                Shana Jones, Carl Vinson Institute of Government
                                University of Georgia


2:10 – 2:30            Q&A