Arnold “Buff” Chace Jr. was 7 years old when Hurricane Carol ravaged Rhode Island, with a storm surge that submerged downtown Providence in 12 feet
PROVIDENCE — It’s no secret that Providence is at risk from climate change. There are numerous reports detailing the vulnerability of the Port of Providence, the
Climate change is impacting different areas of the city in unique ways. There is significant momentum in neighbor scale and sector plans, but we must plan comprehensively, while aligning different communities and interest groups around an integrated city-wide resilience plan.
Water organizations and regulators need better coordination when it comes to preparing for the effects of climate change. Currently, the planning is siloed into multiple jurisdictions, but the reality is water (drinking, waste, storm) is a single system.
The lack of a single, predictive, future-looking flood model that incorporates coastal, riverine, and upland flooding ─along with the hurricane barrier─ is hampering abilities to plan for current and future impacts. This creates a paralysis for getting infrastructure needs researched, designed, and funded.
Make a contribution today
With your help we can continue to turn ideas into action. Though newly formed, we’ve already:
Held a kickoff meeting to identify resilience efforts underway and a path forward
Commissioned a URI/ Sea Grant report to synthesize existing data on Providence’s climate risk
Begun planning a series of upcoming workshops with city stakeholders to map a path forward for resilience informed by our synthesis research.
To contribute, please:
Use the link below to donate through our fiscal sponsor, The Providence Foundation, or
Mail your check to The Providence Foundation at 30 Exchange Terrace, 4th Floor, Providence, RI 02903.
Please indicate PRP as the recipient in the memo line or a separate document.
Thank you for your support to save our city!
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