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Charleston Takes on Sea Level Rise: Strategies, Projects, Funding, and Progress


At 6:00 pm, November 14, 2016, the League presented a forum on sea level rise in the Charleston area. Taking as its premise the fact that the sea level is rising at an accelerated rate, the program focused on Charleston's plans to combat this threat to our region.

  • What has been, is being, and will be done?
  • How will the necessary actions be funded?
  • Will these efforts be enough?
  • How can the public help?

The free public information event was held at the Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street, in Charleston. The limited seating of 150 was closed days before the event so this page is being maintained for those who could not sign up and for those audience members who attended but want further information

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The Participants

Three presenters spoke; their presentation, "November 14, 2016, LWV Sea Level Rise Program," is accessible below, under Resources.

l-r: Susan Lovelace, Carolee Williams, Laura Cabiness, Elizabeth Fly

Elizabeth Fly, Ph.D., Coastal Climate Extension Specialist, SC Sea Grant Consortium, Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments. More

Laura Cabiness, P.E., Director, Department of Public Service, City of Charleston. More

Carolee Williams, AICP, Project Manager, Planning, Preservation, and Sustainability, City of Charleston. More

The program was facilitated by Susan Lovelace, Ph.D, a trained moderator who is the Assistant Director for Development and Extension at S.C. Sea Grant Consortium More

Kim Counts Morganello, a Clemson University Water Resources Extension Agent working for the Carolina Clear Program, and co-coordinator of the Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium (ACSEC), also participated in the ensuing discussion. More


November 14, 2016, LWV Sea Level Rise Program

Sea Level Rise Strategy, Charleston, SC

Charleston Resilience Network

When a City [Charleston] Stops Arguing About Climate Change and Starts Planning

Encroaching Tides: How Sea Level Rise and Tidal Flooding Threaten U.S. East and Gulf Coast Communities over the Next 30 Years

Today's Flood Is Tomorrow's High TIde

See projected sea rise: Charleston Sea Level Rise Viewer

Flooding of Coast, Caused by Global Warming, Has Already Begun

S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, Coastal Climate

Event presented by the League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area partnering with SC Sea Grant Consortium

Many thanks to the LWV team who worked to put the Sea Level Rise forum event together. Pictured from left to right: Mary Lou Ardrey, Marie Vandivort, Doc Ardrey, David Fortson, Anne Fortson, Christe McCoy, Joanne Milkereit