Towards a Resilient Providence

Our new report Towards a Resilient Providence: Issues, Impacts, Initiatives, Information clearly identifies that Providence’s vulnerabilities, the risk from storm surge, sea level rise, and extreme rain events is urgent and will increase soon to unmanageable levels.

The report identifies key findings to support the need for action at the federal, state, and local levels:

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.


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.


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