Flood Mitigation and Sea Level Rise Adaptation
In the spring of 2017, the Town of Kiawah Island’s Environmental Committee formed a subcommittee to proactively identify steps our community could take to address increased flooding frequency and adapt to future water level changes. This report attempts to identify ways in which Kiawah might be impacted by rising seas and changing weather patterns, to assess potential vulnerabilities to those changes, and to suggest practical actions that Kiawah might take to mitigate those vulnerabilities and ensure a prosperous future. This report does not attempt to sugar-coat the challenges being faced by all southeastern coastal communities. The good news is that there are many practical and useful actions Kiawah property owners and governing bodies can take to preserve our fully functioning and beautiful island.
Disclaimer: This report and recommendations made within have not been considered and adopted by the Kiawah Town Council. In the coming months, the Town Council, with the involvement of other community entities, will review the recommendations in the full report and develop a strategy to meet the challenges.