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GOAL: Advance the water management strategies and infrastructure improvements needed, in parallel with existing water conservation efforts, to mitigate the potential adverse impacts of climate change and sea level rise on water supplies, water and wastewater infrastructure, and water management systems, inclusive of regional canal networks, pumps, control structures, and operations.

Water figures prominently in building the future resilience and sustainability of Southeast Florida. Efforts to protect drinking water supplies, prevent water pollution, and manage stormwater must continue within the context of rising sea levels. The recommendations for regional action around water derive from four overarching principles. First, as the regional agency responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Central and South Florida flood control system and the infrastructure changes that affect system performance, the South Florida Water Management District, jointly with local governments, should play a prominent role in a) developing regional and sub-regional models and b) creating a framework to inform local models and ensure coordinated water management planning, system improvements, and resilience investments across the region. Second, resilience requires consistency in the use of current science and technology to support planning, management, and investment decisions across all agencies and the region. Third, resilience planning must address spatial and temporal dimensions, ranging from local to regional perspectives, inland to coastal to barrier island settings, chronic to acute stressors, and short- to long-term impacts. Fourth, regional resilience strategies should be developed with consideration of upstream and downstream consequences, including regional water quality and quantity implications, to avoid unintended effects on neighboring communities.

Foster innovation, development, and exchange of ideas for managing water.
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Ensure consistency in water resource scenarios used for planning.
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Plan for future water supply conditions.
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Coordinate saltwater intrusion mapping across Southeast Florida.
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Maintain regional inventories of water and wastewater infrastructure.
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Develop a spatial database of resilience projects for water infrastructure.
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Modernize infrastructure development standards in the region.
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Address the resilience of the regional flood control system.
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Update the regional stormwater rule.
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Integrate combined surface and groundwater impacts into the evaluation of at-risk infrastructure and the prioritization of adaptation improvements.
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Encourage green infrastructure and alternative strategies.
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Integrate hydrologic and hydraulic models.
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Practice integrated water management and planning.
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Advance comprehensive improvements to regional and local stormwater management practices.
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Foster scientific research for improved water resource management.
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Expand partnerships and resources to further innovation in water resource management.
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Advance capital projects to achieve resilience in water infrastructure.
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Coordinate innovation and regional funding.
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Recognize adaptable infrastructure.
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Support the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP).
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Expand regional surface water storage.
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