Nature-Based Solutions: Bridging the Gap from Principle to Practice
Nature-based solutions (NBS) provide alternative flood risk management methods by mimicking or using natural features and processes. The goal of this project is to increase awareness, knowledge, and familiarity of NBS with homeowners, community members and leaders, county and municipal planners, along with engineers and engineering students. The project team developed educational materials such as a StoryMap and supporting printable materials focused on six NBS commonly used in Florida and implementation methods, funding opportunities, ecological and community benefits, and community-level guidance for including NBS in planning and flood risk management options. The developed Nature-Based Solutions Engineering Fact Sheets aim to provide initial guidance on topics to consider when designing and planning NBS.
StoryMap: Beaches to Bioswales: Nature's Toolbox for Resilience
Supporting document: Beaches to Bioswales: Nature's Toolbox for Resistance (pdf, 5.98 MB)
Nature-Based Solutions Engineering Fact Sheets (pdf, 1.68 MB)
US 41 Collier Resiliency Study
Over 80 bridges along U.S.41 in Collier County will be reaching the end of their 75-year service life and will require rehabilitation, reconstruction, or another type of improvement in the next several years. This project focused on flood risk along a 50-mile stretch of U.S.41 in southern Collier County, FL, as well as seeking to understand ecosystem restoration in the vicinity of U.S.41 and a vision to improve the resilience of the roadway. Many different entities contributed to this project to make it successful in identifying a regional vision for U.S.41.
U.S. 41 Collier Resilience Study Project documents
The Immokalee Regional Water Plan
The Immokalee region in southwest Florida experiences numerous water-related issues, from flooding in the developed areas and on the Seminole Tribe's Immokalee Reservation to a lack of water in the natural systems of Big Cypress National Preserve and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. This project brought together federal, Tribal, state, and local entities to create a joint vision of water management in the Immokalee region that benefits all partners. The Immokalee Regional Water Plan describes water problems, solutions, and actions agreed upon by all partners and will serve as the foundation for future water management projects in southwest Florida.
The Immokalee Regional Water Plan (pdf, 6.29 MB)
Florida Coastal Resilience Workshop
The Florida Coastal Resilience Workshop for planners and engineers is a Florida Silver Jackets initiative conducted between April and June of 2022 to increase community resilience to coastal storms and sea level rise and facilitate compliance with state laws, statutes, and requirements by providing hands-on training with tools developed by state and federal agencies to assess, communicate, and address risk to Florida communities.
Lake Martin Flood Management Study
The development of a hydrologic and hydraulic (H&H) model and analysis of flood management opportunities was completed for the Lake Martin Basin in Bay County, FL. The scope of this study included defining flood risk drivers and at-risk areas within the basin, identifying potential solutions to reduce flood risk, and analyzing the effectiveness of identified measures.
Lake Martin Flood Management Study (pdf, 5.51 MB)
Resilience Guidebooks Rural Inland Counties in Florida
The State of Florida Silver Jackets Team implemented the Inland Community Resiliency Project that supported the rural inland counties of Columbia and Highlands. The project included preparing a guidebook with proposed solutions to reduce identified risks and building a network of relationships between county emergency mangers, state agencies and federal agencies to improve resilience. Currently scaled to achieve increased community resilience at the county level, this work also serves as a pilot project that could be applied to other rural counties in Florida and across the nation.
Highlands County Guidebook (pdf, 6.25MB)
Highlands County Workbook (pdf, 10.9MB)
Columbia County Guidebook (pdf, 4.99MB)
Columbia County Workbook (pdf, 11.3MB)