Investing in habitat restoration and ecosystem resiliency projects provides sustainable and lasting benefits that reduce risks posed to coastal communities from extreme weather events, changing environmental conditions, and known or potential climate change impacts. The Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program is intended to build the resilience of coastal ecosystems and communities in the U.S. This grant program funds projects that develop healthy and sustainable coastal ecosystems through on-the-ground habitat restoration and conservation.
Prospect-R is a web-based decision support tool that helps users determine the feasibility of floodplain restoration efforts. Prospect-R was developed specifically for the restoration of gravel pit mines on the Willamette River, but is ultimately intended to be used more broadly. Maintaining or restoring floodplains helps ensure that these floodplains are able to provide valuable ecosystem services. The connection between river channels and floodplains helps maintain water quality and regulate thermal regimes, which in turn impacts the life cycles of aquatic organisms.
The FEMA Flood Map Service Center (MSC) is the official public source for flood hazard information produced in support of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Users can use the MSC to find their official flood map, access a range of other flood hazard products, and take advantage of tools for better understanding flood risk.
Coastal County Snapshots turn complex data into easy-to-understand stories, complete with charts and graphs. Users select a coastal county of interest and the website does the rest, providing information that can help communities become more resilient to coastal hazards. Current snapshot topics include flood exposure, wetland benefits, and ocean and Great Lakes jobs. Local officials can use the snapshots as a planning tool to assess their county's resilience to flooding and understand the benefits provided by natural resources.
The Lake Level Viewer is an interactive online visualization mapping tool that allows users to visualize lake level changes in the Great Lakes that range from six feet above to six feet below historical long-term average water levels, as well as potential shoreline and coastal impacts. This tool is intended to help communities plan for and adapt to climate change and the accompanying changes in lake water levels.