The study team will use existing information and models and leverage past studies to help inform this study and expedite the timeline.
The study team will:
1. Assess the refined study area’s problems, opportunities and what the future conditions would be without a project (incorporating climate and sea level change data);
2. Assess the feasibility of implementing system-wide coastal storm risk management solutions such as policy/programmatic strategies, storm surge barriers at selected inlet entrances, or tidal gates at selected lagoon entrances; and
3. Assess the feasibility of implementing site-specific solutions, such as a combination of structural, non-structural, and natural and nature-based features, if system-wide solutions are not possible. Structural solutions include barriers, levees, etc., and non-structural solutions include wet and dry floodproofing, etc.
The study will provide recommendations to MWCOG to reduce economic damages from coastal flooding to residences, businesses, government offices; and to reduce coastal flooding that disrupts critical infrastructure, services, and shared/interdependent systems within the study area. These shared systems include water, energy and communication utilities; transportation hubs; and federal buildings. The region is only as protected as the weakest link in its shared infrastructure system. This study will help address those critical issues and will aid in the long‐term resilience and sustainability of the region.
Preliminary designs and cost information will be included for the assessments.
The Corps and coastal communities could seek additional funding to implement the recommendations from this study. Depending on the expertise needed for the recommendations, the Corps or another more suitable agency may lead a project.