Prioritizing Flood-Ready Infrastructure

Over 250 bipartisan elected leaders representing more than 45 million Americans signed a statement of principles

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Our country’s infrastructure faces increasing vulnerability due to the impacts of severe weather, rising population, and changing land use patterns. Moreover, the aging built environment suffers from years of underfunding and neglect. Major reform is needed to ensure that new investments increase the durability of the man-made surroundings and consider nature-based approaches to minimize future flood damage, reduce the impact and costly cycle of rebuilding, and save taxpayer dollars.

Signees of the Flood-Ready Infrastructure Statement of Principles support prioritizing infrastructure decisions that will:

  • Improve resiliency requirements for buildings and infrastructure systems built before and after flood-related catastrophes.
  • Enhance the use of natural defenses in planning and preparedness.
  • Reduce unsustainable development in high-risk areas.

As signatories, we agree with these principles to reduce risk and meet our economic, environmental, and social needs.

Mayor Steve Adler (Austin, TX)

Rep. Terry Alexander (D-District 59, SC)

Mayor Steve Allender (Rapid City, SD)

Mayor Cyndy Andrus (Bozeman, MT)

Rep. Mike Anthony (D-District 42, SC)

Mayor Jesse Arreguín (Berkeley, CA)

Mayor Scott Avedisian (Warwick, RI)

Mayor Joe Bain (Lakeway, TX)

City Council member Mary-Ann Baldwin (Raleigh, NC)

Mayor Tom Barrett (Milwaukee)

Mayor Lawson Battle (Nichols, SC)

Mayor Stuart Boley (Lawrence, KS)

Mayor Neil Bradshaw (Ketchum, ID)

Mayor Troy Brumbalow (Cumming, GA)

Metro Council member Fabian Bedne (Nashville)

Mayor Mark Behnke (Battle Creek, MI)

Mayor Bill Bell (Durham, NC)

Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin (Columbia, SC)

Mayor Andy Berke (Chattanooga, TN)

Mayor Muriel Bowser (District of Columbia)

Mayor Jim Brainard (Carmel, IN)

Mayor Ardell Brede (Rochester, MN)

Mayor Amy Brewer (Lebanon, OH)

Rep. Bill Brisson (R-District 22, NC)

Mayor Diana Broderson (Muscatine, IA)

Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks (D-District 28, NE)

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome (Baton Rouge, LA)

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (Atlanta)

Mayor Paige Brown (Gallatin, TN)

Mayor Julie Burke-Van Luvanee (Harrisburg, SD)

Mayor Kevin Burns (Dillon, CO)

Mayor Angelyne Butler (Forest Park, GA)

Mayor Kirk Caldwell (Honolulu)

Sen. Paul Campbell (R-District 44, SC)

Rep. Gary Clary (R-District 3, SC)

Mayor Pro Tem Bill Collins (Rome, GA)

Mayor Mitch Colvin (Fayetteville, NC)

Rep. Leslie Combs (D-District 94, KY)

Mayor Joyce Craig (Manchester, NH)

Rep. Tony Dale (R-District 136, TX)

Former Speaker Tom Davidson (ME)

Sen. Don Davis (D-District 5, NC)

City Commission member Wendy Davis (Rome, GA)

City Council member Barbara Delgleize (Huntington Beach, CA)

Mayor Anthony DiCicco (Mayfield Heights, OH)

Mayor Rick Dodd (Portage, WI)

Mayor Robert J. Donchez (Bethlehem, PA)

Mayor Kirk Dyer (Algood, TN)

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-District 30, VA)

Mayor Allan Ekberg (Tukwila, WA)

Mayor Pat Elliott (Richfield, MN)

Metro Council member Jeremy Elrod (Nashville)

Mayor John Engen (Missoula, MT)

Rep. Shannon Erickson (R-District 124, SC)

Mayor John Ernst (Brookhaven, GA)

Mayor Robert Eschbach (Ottawa, IL)

Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield (D-District 24, NC)

Mayor Mark E. Farrell (San Francisco)

Mayor Deborah Feinen (Champaign, IL)

Executive Rich Fitzgerald (Allegheny County, PA)

Board of Trustees President Joe Flanagan (Butler Township, OH)

Rep. Robert Foley (R-District 7, ME)

Mayor Jacob Frey (Minneapolis)

Rep. Spencer Frye (D-District 118, GA)

Rep. Craig Gagnon (R-District 11, SC)

Trustee Christopher Galloway (Concord Township, OH)

Sen. Mike Gambrell (R-District 4, SC)

Former Attorney General Doug Gansler (D-MD)

Mayor Patti Garrett (Decatur, GA)

Former Gov. Parris Glendening (D-MD)

Mayor Tim Goodwin (Folley Beach, SC)

Rep. Holly Grange (R-District 20, NC)

Mayor Steven Grant (Boynton Beach, FL)

Mayor Craig S. Green (Placentia, CA)

Former Gov. Christine Gregoire (D-WA)

Mayor Darryl Grennell (Natchez, MS)

Mayor Stephen H. Hagerty (Evanston, IL)

Mayor Donald M. Hahn (State College, PA)

Mayor Matt Hall (Cody, WY)

Mayor Michael B. Hancock (Denver)

Mayor David Handwerk (Orrville, OH)

Mayor Shep Harris (Golden Valley, MN)

Sen. Lee Harris (D-District 29, TN)

Rep. Pricey Harrison (D-District 57, NC)

Mayor William Curtis Hayes (Livingston, TN)

Rep. Jackie E. Hayes (D-District 55, SC)

Mayor Nicholas Helmer (Prospect Heights, IL)

Rep. Bill Herbkersman (R-District 118, SC)

Mayor Paul Hicks (Hastings, MN)

Mayor Gene Hobgood (Canton, GA)

Mayor Steve Hogan (Aurora, CO)

Chairperson Gard Holby (Bridgeton Township, PA)

Mayor Donna Holaday (Newburyport, MA)

Mayor Kevin Holland (Friendswood, TX)

Supervisor Robert Homan (Plainfield Charter Township, MI)

Rep. Leon Howard (D-District 76, SC)

Mayor Matthew Hunter (Sitka, AK)

Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo (Rome, NY)

Mayor Sly James (Kansas City, MO)

Mayor Ken Jaray (Manitou Springs, CO)

Mayor Shannon Jeffers (Garrison, ND)

Mayor Carl Joiner (Kemah, TX)

Mayor Chris Johnson (Elko, NV)

Mayor Suzanne Jones (Boulder, CO)

Mayor Elizabeth Kautz (Burnsville, MN)

Mayor Paul Keller (Fairborn, OH)

Mayor Bob Kelly (Great Falls, MT)

Mayor Bryan Kennedy (Glendale, WI)

Mayor Douglas Kim (Belmont, CA)

Mayor Ruth Knight (Valdez, AK)

Mayor Ted Kozlowski (Stillwater, MN)

Mayor Lyda Krewson (St. Louis)

Rep. Annie Kuether (D-District 55, KS)

Mayor Thomas Kuntz (Owatonna, MN)

Sen. Sara Kyle (D-District 30, TN)

Mayor Joe Kyles (South Bay, FL)

Executive Ike Leggett (Montgomery County, MD)

Mayor Arline LaMear (Astoria, OR)

Mayor Dwain Land (Dunlap, TN)

Sen. Daylin Leach (D-District 17, PA)

Mayor Deb Lewis (Ashland, WI)

Mayor Vicki Lightcap (Pennsburg, PA)

Sen. Mamie Locke (D-District 2, VA)

Del. Eric Luedtke (D-District 14, MD)

Mayor John Lundell (Coralville, IA)

Gov. Dannel Patrick Malloy (D-CT)

Former Gov. Jack Markell (D-DE)

Rep. Jimmy Martin (R-District 42, AL)

Mayor Ken Massey (Farmington Hills, MI)

Mayor Julie Masters (Dickinson, TX)

Mayor James Mayberry (Crossville, TN)

Mayor Nancy McArthur (Chardon, OH)

Mayor Brad McCloud (Reynoldsburg, OH)

City Council member Marilyn McCauley (Fairborn, OH)

Mayor Shane McCampbell (Burlington, IA)

Sen. Richard McCormack (D-Windsor District, VT)

Sen. Morgan McGarvey (D-District 19, KY)

Rep. Chuck McGrady (R-District 117, NC)

Sen. Chuck McIlhinney (R-District 10, PA)

Commission Chairman Jack McKernan (Lycoming County, PA)

Mayor Bill McLeod (Hoffman Estates, IL)

Mayor Thomas McNamara (Rockford, IL)

Mayor Chris Meyer (Marshfield, WI)

Mayor Robert B. Mielke (Wausau, WI)

Former City Council member Tom Milton (Phoenix)

Commission Secretary Richard Mirabito (Lycoming County, PA)

Mayor Mark Mitchell (Tempe, AZ)

Mayor Jon Mitchell (New Bedford, MA)

Mayor Ken Moore (Franklin, TN)

Del. Dan Morhaim (D-District 11, MD)

Mayor John F. Morrissey (St. Marys, GA)

Mayor Kevin Muldoon (Newport Beach, CA)

Rep. Bob Muller (R-District 16, NC)

Mayor Caroline Murphy (Bee Cave, TX)

City Council member Kristine Murray (Anaheim, CA)

Commission Vice Chairman Tony Mussare (Lycoming County, PA)

Mayor Steve Noble (Kingston, NY)

Mayor Liza Normandy (South San Francisco, CA)

Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA)

City Council member Billy O’Connell (Huntington Beach, CA)

Metro Council member Freddie O’Connell (Nashville)

Sen. Nan Orrock (D-District 36, GA)

Mayor Frank Ortis (Pembroke Pines, FL)

Mayor Matt Pacifico (Altoona, PA)

Mayor Robert M. Palmieri (Utica, NY)

Mayor Bill Partington (Ormond Beach, FL)

Mayor Len Pagano (St. Peters, MO)

Mayor Jim Paine (Superior, WI)

Mayor Sal Panto (Easton, PA)

Mayor Eric Papenfuse (Harrisburg, PA)

Mayor Billy Ray Patton (Spring City, TN)

Mayor Rusty Paul (Sandy Springs, GA)

Mayor Bill Peduto (Pittsburgh)

Mayor Charlie Pierce (Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK)

Mayor Deborah Penrose (Half Moon Bay, CA)

Mayor Javier Perea (Sunland Park, NM)

Mayor Mark Peterson (Winona, MN)

Sen. Mike Phillips (D-District 31, MT)

Mayor Josh Pope (Elkader, IA)

Mayor Mike Posey (Huntington Beach, CA)

Mayor Matt Powell (Cedar Park, TX)

Mayor Rhonda Pownell (Northfield, MN)

Mayor Miguel A. Pulido (Santa Ana, CA)

Rep. Joshua A. Putnam (R-District 10, SC)

Mayor Vern Rasmussen Jr. (Albert Lea, MN)

Former Mayor Kasim Reed (Atlanta)

Mayor Susan Renda (Moreland Hills, OH)

Sen. Sue Rezin (R-District 38, IL)

Former Mayor Joe Riley (Charleston, SC)

Former Mayor Skip Rimsza (Phoenix)

Mayor Gordon Ringberg (Bayfield, WI)

Former Gov. Bill Ritter (D-CO)

Mayor Mickey Robinson (Spencer, TN)

Mayor Susan Rohan (Roseville, CA)

Former Mayor Norman Rosenblum (Mamaroneck, NY)

Rep. Todd Rutherford (D-District 74, SC)

Mayor Bill Saffo (Wilmington, NC)

Mayor William Samaras (Lowell, MA)

Rep. Bill Sandifer III (R-District 2, SC)

Mayor Libby Schaaf (Oakland, CA)

Mayor Larry Schroeder (Claremont, CA)

Mayor Lawrence Schmidlapp (Centre Island, NY)

Mayor Jim Schmitt (Green Bay, WI)

Mayor Bob Scott (Sioux City, IA)

Vice Mayor Rob Scott (Kettering, OH)

Rep. Chris Sells (R-District 90, AL)

Mayor Sharon Sewell (Bremen, GA)

City Council member Ed Shadid (Oklahoma City)

Mayor Nancy Shaver (St. Augustine, FL)

Mayor Kelly Shaw (Indianola, IA)

Mayor Allison Silberberg (Alexandria, VA)

Mayor Jeff Silvestrini (Millcreek, UT)

Rep. Brian Sims (D-District 182, PA)

Rep. Gary Simrill (R-District 46, SC)

Mayor Nora Slawik (Maplewood, MN)

City Council member Kandie Smith (Greenville, NC)

Sen. Harri Anne Smith (I-District 29, AL)

Mayor Pro Tem Sean Smith (Covington, WA)

Mayor Paul Soglin (Madison, WI)

Mayor Jake Spano (St. Louis Park, MN)

City Council member Tim Steininger (Fairborn, OH)

Mayor Philip Stoddard (South Miami, FL)

Del. Christopher Stolle (R-District 83, VA)

Mayor Hobby Stripling (Vienna, GA)

Del. Isaac Sponaugle (D-District 55, WV)

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-District 36, VA)

Mayor John Suthers (Colorado Springs, CO)

Village President Beverly Sussman (Buffalo Grove, IL)

Metro Council member Jeff Syracuse (Nashville)

Rep. Edward R. Tallon Sr. (R-District 33, SC)

Sen. Lena Taylor (D-District 4, WI)

Mayor Jim Throgmorton (Iowa City, IA)

Mayor Teresa Pike Tomlinson (Columbus, GA)

Mayor Wade Troxell (Fort Collins, CO)

Mayor Nancy Vaughan (Greensboro, NC)

Rep. Ponka-We Victors (D-District 103, KS)

Sen. J.T. “Jabo” Waggoner (R-District 16, AL)

Mayor Donald Wagner (Irvine, CA)

Beavercreek Township Trustee Debborah Wallace (Beavercreek, OH)

Rep. Perry Warren (D-District 31, PA)

Mayor Barry Waters (Fort Gaines, GA)

Mayor Paul Wellenberger (Fairfield Bay, AR)

Mayor Nan Whaley (Dayton, OH)

Mayor Bill Wiggins (Monterey, TN)

Mayor Vince R. Williams (Union City, GA)

City Manager Teresa Williams (Columbia, SC)

Sen. Kent Williams (D-District 30, SC)

Mayor Tim Willson (Brooklyn Center, MN)

Metro Council member Brett Withers (Nashville)

Mayor Mike Wiza (Stevens Point, WI)

Mayor Jim Yarbrough (Galveston, TX)

Former Trustee Joyce Young (Washington Township, OH)

Former Mayor Dawn Zimmer (Hoboken, NJ)