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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.

The CFRP Policy Agenda, published in April 2021, offers a comprehensive plan to address the risks posed by climate change. It will protect coastal communities, restore damaged ecosystems, and invest in resilient infrastructure.

More recently, CFRP cooperated with nonprofit organizations in developing a report titled Turning U.S. Ocean Climate Policy into Action (June 2023). The new report includes a chapter addressing coastal resilience and adaptation that reviews progress toward coastal resilience in the past several years and describes five “Critical Next Steps” that are key short term policy priorities.

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.


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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Susan Ruffo, Ocean Expert

Susan Ruffo

Susan Ruffo has more than twenty years of experience leading development and execution of government and NGO strategies, policies, and programs on ocean conservation, climate change resilience, trade and development, and environmental protection in the U.S. and internationally, including as Associate Director for Climate Preparedness at the White House Council on Environmental Quality.


Susan began her career as a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State, serving in China, Argentina, Nigeria and Washington D.C.   She has degrees in Economics and Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

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