The CRN Hosts, “Living with Water: Dutch Approaches and Charleston’s Future”

On Tuesday, March 27th, 2018, the CRN hosted an evening of conversation and presentation with His Excellency Henne Schuwer, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United States, Mr. Bart de Jong, Counselor for Infrastructure and the Environment, Royal Netherlands Embassy, and Mr. Dale Morris, Senior Economist and Coordinator for Water, Royal Netherlands Embassy.  The main event took place at the Historic Dock Street Theatre in Downtown Charleston, SC, and over 300 members of the Charleston Community, including elected officials attended this event. The purpose of this event was to learn about the Dutch approach to water management and how Dutch planning principles and processes have been integrated in other regions of the United States. The information exchanged during this event will help Charleston develop strategies to confront its challenges with flooding.

Click here to view a recording of the event. 

2018 CRN Expo

On Thursday, March 1st, 2018 the CRN held an exposition networking event at the Historic Rice Mill in Downtown Charleston, SC.  The purpose of this event was to to provide organizations with a platform to share information about their resilience-related projects. Over 50 people attended the event, and the following organizations had exhibitions:

American Red Cross–Lowcountry SC
Charleston Audubon
Citizens’ Climate Lobby in Charleston 
Higher Ground
Lowcountry Go
Lowcountry Hazards Center at College of Charleston
Lowcountry Land Trust
NOAA Office for Coastal Management
The Nature Conservancy
Wakefield Beasley & Associates 


NOAA Risk Communication Training

On December 6th, 2017, the CRN hosted an all-day Risk Communication Training to teach member organizations how to create an effective communication approach tailored to their area of expertise and intended audience. A total of 28 environmental professionals attended this training, which has led by Sarah Watson (S.C. Sea Grant Consortium) Tasha Allen (NOAA), and Stephanie Fauver (NOAA).

City of Charleston Resilience Recommendations to City Council

On Thursday, July 27th, 2017, representatives from the City of Charleston gave a presentation to City Council on their recommendations for increasing the resilience of Charleston. Some of the key recommendations include resilience leadership, a vulnerability assessment, and investing in adaptation.

Hampton Roads & Charleston Coastal Resilience Knowledge Exchange

On June 15th & 16th, 2017, the Charleston Resilience Network partnered with the Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CISA) to host a coastal resilience knowledge exchange to inform and inspire regarding key game-changing policies, programs and plans. Several experts & decision-makers from the Norfolk & Hampton Roads were invited to give presentations. Click here for more information & meeting materials.  Click here to read the story on the event, written by Joey Holleman, Science Writer for the SC Sea Grant Consortium.

Enough Pie’s Awakening V: King Tide

From April 26th-May 30th, 2017, the non-profit organization, Enough Pie, hosted Awakening V: King Tide, a multi-type event that focused on rising waters in the Charleston Area. Artists, scientists, thought leaders, and organizations came together to display public artwork, and give talks on the subject in an effort to raise public awareness about sunny day tidal flooding (The City of Charleston estimates that these types of floods will increase over time and by 2045, will occur roughly 180 days/yr!). Click here for more information.

2015 Flood Symposium

On February 23, 2016, the Charleston Resilience Network hosted a symposium in partnership with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Resilient America Roundtable to examine the Charleston region’s resilience through the lens of the major rainfall and flooding event that occurred in October 2015. At the Symposium, a diverse range of stakeholders assembled to share information and lessons learned across key sectors, as well as discuss practices, partnerships, and opportunities to enhance resilience to similar future events.

Key topic areas:
1. Public Safety and Health
2. Business and Economic Impacts
3. Critical Infrastructure / Lifelines
4. Moving Forward

Resources from the Symposium:
Flood Symposium Final Report
Flood Symposium Executive Summary
Flood Symposium Agenda
Presentation: Primer on Sea Level Rise & Future Flooding


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