How South Carolina Is Prioritizing Flood Mitigation

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How South Carolina Is Prioritizing Flood Mitigation
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Salt marshes, such as this one at Hunting Island State Park in South Carolina, reduce flooding by absorbing stormwater, improve water quality by filtering pollutants, and protect shorelines from erosion and storm surge. Conserving and restoring these areas, as well as using other nature-based strategies, can help safeguard people and infrastructure from the impacts of flooding.
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Hurricanes and extreme storms have inflicted billions of dollars in damage in South Carolina, and climate change threatens to make these events more frequent and severe. The Pew Charitable Trusts is working with state officials and leaders to develop and implement strategies that make South Carolina more flood-resilient. These include the creation of an Office of Resilience tasked with executing a statewide plan to address flooding and investments in new disaster mitigation programs that prioritize nature-based solutions and anticipate future risk. Such efforts can help communities withstand the impacts of flooding, keep residents safe, and reduce recovery costs.

The resources on this page outline South Carolina’s programs and investments and Pew’s work to help the state meet its resilience goals.

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Through comprehensive planning and dedicated funding for pre-disaster mitigation activities, coastal and inland states are taking action to manage the rising costs of flooding. A growing number of states are embracing innovative approaches to increase resiliency and safeguard communities such as investing in watershed-scale solutions, limiting risky development in flood-prone areas, and prioritizing the use of nature-based mitigation strategies.