Floodplain Management

The management of floodplains can determine how adaptive a community is to the impacts of increased flooding and sea level rise. Floodplains are the high risk areas, typically the most inundated during tidal or storm events, and are regulated and managed through localities’ administration of the National Flood Insurance Program. Local governments can adopt laws that mitigate the impacts of flood waters inside, and even outside, the floodplain. Removing structures and allowing floodplains to revert back to their natural state is the ideal strategy for sea level rise adaptation.