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The Coastal Flood Resilience Project

The Coastal Flood Resilience Project is a coalition of nonprofit organizations working for stronger national programs to prepare for coastal storm flooding and rising sea levels along the coast of the United States.


The Problem
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  The Problem  

Climate change is resulting in more severe coastal storms and storm surge flooding that puts lives at risk and causes billions of dollars in damages.

Rising sea levels will bring temporary storm flooding further inland and permanently inundate low-lying coastal areas in the coming decades.

Sea level is projected to rise between 4 and 6 feet by 2100 putting communities, infrastructure, and ecosystems at risk.

Low income and minority communities are especially vulnerable to coastal flooding and need to be better engaged in finding solutions.

Policy Agenda

Policy Agenda

Climate change is a real and pressing problem. It's causing more coastal storms, which in turn leads to more storm flooding, and permanent inundation by rising seas. 

This puts lives at risk, causes trillions of dollars of property damage, and damages coastal ecosystems and critical infrastructure. Low-income and minority communities are disproportionately affected.

In January 2024, the CFRP identified ten national level actions that are high priority for 2024, the last year of the 118th Congress and the presidential term. CFRP’s 2024 Priorities for Coastal Flood Resilience describes ten specific actions and policies that: 

  • Significantly advance efforts to strengthen preparedness for more severe storms and rising seas; and 

  • Can be developed and substantially implemented during 2024

CFRP also developed a more comprehensive long-term Policy Agenda, published in April 2021.

Both the 2024 priorities and the actions identified in the Policy Agenda are addressed in greater detail in over twenty white papers and letters.

White Papers

The Coastal Flood Resilience Project develops policy papers and letters on specific issues related to coastal flood resilience that provide detailed analysis and recommendations for needed actions.

We work with Congress, federal agencies, and nonpro
fit organizations to advance proposals related to flooding, climate change adaptation, disaster risk, and coastal planning in addition to coastal flood resilience and sea-level rise. 

Click on topics below to review relevant white papers and letters.

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Coastal Flood Resilience Resources

Looking for resources and information on measures that can be taken to improve coastal flood resilience? On our resources page, you will find reports and other publications are developed by organizations and individuals who are participating in the Coastal Flood Resilience Project.



The CFRP is an association of nonprofit organizations and policy experts working to strengthen coastal flood resilience policies and programs. The CFRP’s activities are conducted by volunteers and may be supported by in-kind contributions.


The CFRP is not an incorporated organization.


Jeff Peterson

Jeff Peterson

Jeff Peterson has over four decades of experience in environmental policy development and program management including work for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He is a Visiting Scholar at the Environmental Law Institute and the author of A New Coast: Strategies for Responding to Devastating Storms and Rising Seas.


Jeff has an undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Washington.

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Shana Udvardy

Shana Udvardy is a senior climate resilience policy analyst with the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She conducts research and policy analysis to help inform and build support to increase resilience to climate change impacts. In her role, she advocates for actions at the federal and state levels to advance just and equitable adaptation measures to help safeguard communities from climate change-related risks and impacts.


 Shana is a Certified Floodplain Manager and holds a M.S. in conservation ecology and sustainable development from the University of Georgia's Odum School of Ecology and a B.A. from Syracuse University's Maxwell School.

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