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Our frontline leaders have brought visibility to their communities. Within the last 12 months, they have received more than 120 media mentions. Their struggles and successes have been reported by the BBC, The Guardian, The New York Times, MSNBC, Bloomberg News, and US News and World Report.

2021 media coverage

Milton needs an advanced-level wastewater treatment plant | Guestview. April 30th 2021. (authored by Carmen Reynolds of Whispering Pines Concerned Citizens.)

Rare bird, new homes, flooding, snails: Development collides with the environment in Island Green. My Horry News. April 29th 2021. (quotes Dawne Dunton of Saving Island Green Wildlife & Beyond.)

New app helps those moving to Horry County determine if home is in danger of flooding. WMBF News. April 27th 2021. (quotes April O’Leary of Horry County Rising.)

Hardship binds flood survivors: ‘All we have is each other’. E&E News. April 27th 2021. (quotes Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition, Katherine Egland of EEECHO and Rebecca Jim of LEAD Agency.) 

‘It does not end here:’ Hundreds march to protest BJs development on Graniteville Wetlands. Silive. April 24th 2021. (quotes Gabriella Vellardi-Ward and Kwynn Hogan of the Staten Island Coalition for Wetlands and Forests.)

‘Nobody’s listening’: Dire warnings as BJ’s construction nears starting date. Silive. April 23rd 2021. (quotes Gabriella Velardi-Ward of the Staten Island Coalition for Wetlands and Forests.)

Turkey Creek residents: Mayor Hewes took things out of context. SunHerald. April 20th 2021. (Co-authored by Ruth Story of Education, Economics, Environmental, Climate and Health Organization (EEECHO).)

Gulfport mayoral opponents differ on proposed road’s impact. WLOX. April 17th 2021. (references Turkey Creek and the Gulfport, MS community.)

Turkey Creek flooding brings out lingering disputes in Gulfport. WLOX. April 15th 2021. (quotes Ruth Story of Education, Economics, Environmental, Climate and Health Organization (EEECHO).)

Horry County flood victims paid average of $37K out of pocket, sample survey finds. WPDE ABC15 News. April 14th 2021. (references Horry County Rising.)

New study shows true cost of flooding for Horry County families. WMBF News. April 14th 2021. (quotes April O’Leary of Horry County Rising.)

‘There’s No Memory of the Joy.’ Why 40 Years of Superfund Work Hasn’t Saved Tar Creek. The Revelator. April 14th 2021. (features Rebecca Jim of Lead Agency.)

Snake River Is Named ‘Most Endangered’ River of 2021. Weather Channel. April 14th 2021. (references Tar Creek, OK and Turkey Creek, MS.)

‘There’s nothing we can do about it:’ Energy companies deny responsibility for increased flooding in Horry County. WBTW News 13. April 13th 2021. (quotes April Thomas Thomas of Horry County Rising.)

NPR’s Morning Edition. April 13th 2021.  (references Tar Creek, OK.)

See Them Now Before They Disappear Forever: America’s 10 Most Endangered Rivers. Mother Jones. April 13th 2021. (references Tar Creek, OK and Turkey Creek, MS.)

Endangered US rivers at grave risk from dams, mining and global heating. The Guardian. April 13th 2021. (features Tar Creek, OK and mentions Turkey Creek, MS.)

The Snake River in the Pacific Northwest is the nation’s ‘most endangered river’ of 2021. USA Today. April 13th 2021. (references Tar Creek, OK and Turkey Creek, MS.)

Snake River in U.S. Pacific Northwest named most endangered by environmental group. Reuters. April 12th 2021. (References Tar Creek, OK and Turkey Creek, MS.)

‘Systemic racism’ plagues neighborhoods near endangered MS Coast waterway, group says. SunHerald. April 12th 2021. (quotes Ruth Story of the Education, Economics, Environmental, Climate and Health Organization (EEECHO).)

Op-ed: Flood survivors find common ground in a divided nation. The Daily Climate. April 12th 2021. (quotes Virginia Wasserberg of Stop the Flooding NOW!, David Southgate of La Playa Reverdece, Frances Acuña of Go Austin/Vamos Austin, and Gloria Horning of Higher Ground Pensacola.)

Just Recovery: How Community Response to the Texas 2021 Winter Storm Illustrates the World We Need. Medium. April 8th 2021. (quotes Doris Brown of West Street Recovery.)

25 HOA’s, one access road: Island Green residents protest additional development. WPDE ABC15 News. April 6th 2021. (quotes Dawne Dunton of Saving Island Green Wildlife and Beyond.)

Biden Seeks to Use Infrastructure Plan to Address Racial Inequities. The New York Times. April 1st 2021. (quotes Amy Stelly of Claiborne Avenue Alliance.)

As Socastee buyout program takes shape, Horry County flood victims weigh options.  My Horry News. March 26th 2021. (features residents of Socastee.)

‘Planning for the future:’ Horry Co. leaders agree more regulations needed in flood areas. WPDE ABC15 News. March 19th 2021. (quotes April O’Leary of Horry County Rising.)

Tracking an Invisible Killer. The Intercept. March 18th 2021. (features Hilton Kelley of the Community In-Power and Development Association Inc.)

Charleston, Horry County biggest recipients from $45M fund for flood control, rebuilding. Post and Courier. March 9th 2021. (quotes April O’Leary of Horry County Rising.)

Gullah Geechee see climate change firsthand. WJCL News 22. March 9th, 2021. (quotes Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition.)

‘I’m happy’: Horry County to receive $13M for Socastee community flood relocation program. WMBF News. March 9th 2021. (quotes Terri Straka of Rosewood Strong.)

‘We’re ready now:’ Socastee families prepare to be bought out of flooded homes. WPDE ABC15 News. March 9th 2021. (quotes Terri Jean Straka of Rosewood Strong.)

Horry County projects that put new homes in floodplains closer to approval. Post and Courier. March 4th 2021. (quotes April O’Leary of Horry County Rising)

Planning commission approves re-zoning to build nearly 300 new homes in Horry County, many in floodplain. WBTW News 13. March 4th 2021. (quotes April O’Leary of Horry County Rising.)

‘Finally!’: Money and buyout options coming soon for those in flooded parts of Horry County. WBTW News 13. March 4th 2021. (features Terri Straka of Rosewood Strong.)

Two op-ed’s written by Anthropocene Alliance (Aa) members/staff are featured prominently in a new e-book compilation by our wonderful friends at Island Press: Resilience Matters: Reimagining the Future in a Tumultuous Year

 The first article in the book – “Climate justice in frontline communities: here’s how to (really) help,” was coauthored by Hilton Kelley and Katherine Egland.

 Slightly further down the list on the first page is “Monster hurricanes are now inevitable, but flooding is not,” which was written by Aa co-founder, Stephen F. Eisenman.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers interested in studying Waccamaw River, county staff say. WPDE ABC 15 News. February 21st 2021. (quotes April O’Leary of Horry County Rising.)

Group aims to pressure Horry County into prioritizing plan to prevent flooding. WBBF News. February 19th 2021. (quotes April O’Leary of Horry County Rising.)

Release: Drax facility fined $2.5M for major pollution violations. Dogwood Alliance. February 18th 2021. (quotes Katherine Egland and Ruth Story of Education, Economics, Environmental, Climate and Health Organization (EEECHO).)

Amid rising seas, ‘dry’ resort is wetter than it likes. AP News. February 17th 2021. (quotes Suzanne Hornick from Ocean City, NJ Flooding.)

More than $750k awarded to Swan Lake flood plaintiffs, city attorney fined for refusing to “admit the truth”. This is Reno. February 16th 2021. (references Lemmon Valley residents.)

‘If white people were still here, this wouldn’t happen’: the majority-Black town flooded with sewage. The Guardian. February 11th 2021. (quotes Nicole Nelson of Centreville Citizens for Change.)

De Soto emergency action plan gets an update. Jefferson County Leader. February 11th 2021. (quotes Susan Liley of Citizens’ Committee for Flood Relief.)

A historic Black neighborhood wants to fight Gulfport’s $20M road plan. Can Biden help? SunHerald. February 4th 2021. (features Katherine Egland of Education, Economics, Environmental, Climate and Health Organization (EEECHO).)

Biden to place environmental justice at center of sweeping climate plan. Washington Post. January 27th 2021. (features Hilton Kelley of the Community In-Power and Development Association Inc.)

Fight’s On To Protect Water Supply. South Santa Rosa News. January 21st 2021. (quotes Carmen Reynolds of Whispering Pines Concerned Citizens.)

Vecinos reforestan la Playa de Ponce. ELNUEVODIA. January 16th 2021. (quotes Pastor Roberto Ortiz of Un Nuevo Amanecer.)

South Santa Rosa drinking water at risk. North SR commissioners to blame. | Guestview. Pensacola News Journal. January 10th 2021 (by Dara Hartigan, Sandy Dimick, Elizabeth Pavelick and Kendall Creighton, the Board of Save Our Soundside.)

Charleston needs to better plan how Army Corps wall fits into the city, consultant says. The Post and Courier. January 9th 2021. (quotes Susan Lyons from Groundswell.)

Climate Change Is Bursting Retirement Bubbles Across America. Next Avenue. January 7th 2021. (quotes Susan Lyons from Groundswell.)

2020 media coverage

Severe Floods Threaten to Spread Lead Pollution Across Northeast Oklahoma. Nexus News Media. December 23rd 2020 (quotes our expert partners Steven Emerman, consultant for Higher Ground groups and Travis Stills of the LEAD Agency.)

Ocean City Flooding Committee Praise Strides In Flood Prevention. Patch. December 22nd 2020. (quotes Suzanne Hornick from Ocean City, NJ Flooding.)

Presto Chango: How Flood Map Revisions Allow Building in Risky Areas. Texas Standard. December 2nd 2020. (references our members Residents Against Flooding and Lemmon Valley Flood Relief/Assistance and quotes our expert partners Steven Emerman and Joe Rossi.)

Controversial development on James Island getting an extension on plans. Live 5 News WCSC. November 18th 2020. (quotes Dr. Steven Emerman, expert consultant for Higher Ground groups in Charleston.)

The Transformative Power of Water: Flood Survivor/Activist Katherine Egland Fights the Struggle for Human Dignity. Resilience. November 13th 2020. (features Katherine Egland of Education, Economics, Environmental, Climate and Health Organization.)

Presto Chango: How Flood Map Revisions Allow Building in Risky Areas. FairWarning. November 12th 2020. (references our members Residents Against Flooding and Lemmon Valley Flood Relief/Assistance and quotes our expert partners Steven Emerman and Joe Rossi.)

Environmental group suing to stop BJ’s development, save wetlands. Silive. November 11th 2020. (quotes Gabriella Velardi-Ward of the Staten Island Coalition for Wetlands and Forests.)

Civic group kicks off Grand Canal restoration initiative in Lindenhurst.  Greater Long Island. November 10th 2020. (quotes Michele Insinga of The American Civic Venice Association and Adopt a House.)

Leader In Ocean City Flooding Project Earns Award. Patch. November 2nd 2020. (quotes Thomas Herrington and references his work for the Ocean City NJ, Flooding group through The Thriving Earth Exchange and with ISeeChange.) 

Can Staten Island Address its Clean Air Crisis? Adjamu Brown. November 1st 2020. (references Gabriella Velardi-Ward of the Staten Island Coalition for Wetlands and Forests.)

James Island homeowner files suit against City of Charleston. Live 5 News WCSC. October 29th 2020. (features and quotes Franny Henty of Save James Island.)

These Wetlands Helped Stop Flooding From Sandy. Now a BJ’s May Move In. New York Times. October 28th 2020. (quotes Gabriella Velardi-Ward of the Staten Island Coalition for Wetlands and Forests.)

Town looks to seize neglected beachfront property in Lindenhurst. Newsday. October 27th 2020. (features the Lindenhurst, NY community and the Thriving Earth Exchange program of the American Geophysical Union.)

Warming waters may spell more back-to-back hurricanes for Gulf Coast residents. Popular Science. October 26th 2020. (quotes Hilton Kelley of the Community In-Power and Development Association Inc.)

Socastee residents still recovering from floods weigh in on Horry County resilience plan. WBTW News. October 22nd 2020. (quotes Melissa Krupa of Rosewood Strong.)

Surviving a flood: a community perspective from Pensacola, Florida. Thriving Earth Exchange. October 13th 2020. (by Gloria Horning of Higher Ground Pensacola.)

Experts Discuss the Ongoing Flooding Crisis in Black Neighborhoods. Medium – I Heart Climate Voices. September 29th 2020. (quotes Hilton Kelley of the Community In-Power and Development Association Inc. and Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition.)

Pensacola woman says Hurricane Sally brought rain, wind and sewage. WEAR ABC 3. September 29th 2020. (features and quotes Gloria Horning of Higher Ground Pensacola)

De Wata Bring We: De Gullah/Geechee Journey. The Post and Courier. September 28th 2020. (by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.)

McMaster to sign bill establishing new office for chief resiliency officer on flooding. WMBF News. September 28th 2020. (References Rosewood Strong and quotes Harriet Festing, co-founder of Anthropocene Alliance and Higher Ground.)

Board denies controversial plan to put luxury ‘ecotourism’ resort on SC barrier island. Post and Courier. September 24th 2020. (features Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition.)

Another call to reject luxury ‘ecoresort’ plan for SC barrier island comes as review nears. September 24th 2020. (references Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition.)

Did development make Sally flooding worse? One Gulf Breeze woman says yes. Pensacola News Journal. September 20th 2020. (quotes Liz Pavelick of Save our Soundside.)

OPINION: Monster hurricanes are now inevitable – but flooding is not. Thompson Reuters Foundation News. September 17th 2020. (by Stephen F. Eisenman, co-founder of Anthropocene Alliance.)

Flooding is a grief really difficult to describe’: How communities continue to recover two years after Hurricane Florence. WBTW News 13. September 16th 2020. (quotes April O’Leary of Horry County Rising and Terri Straka of Rosewood Strong.)

Island Green community petitions against future development, traffic concerns, wildlife threat. September 13th 2020. (quotes Dawne Dunton of Saving Island Green Wildlife & Beyond.)

A new residential neighborhood is coming to Conway. But could it be in a flood zone? Myrtle Beach Online. September 7th 2020. (quotes April O’Leary of Horry County Rising.)

James Island residents concerned new subdivisions would increase flooding in neighborhood. The Post and Courier. September 7th 2020. (quotes Ana Zimmerman of Lowcountry Flooded States of America.)

Running from the Storm – Hurricane Laura underscores the threat and disruption of storm seasons super-charged by climate change. Texas Observer. September 4th 2020. (quotes Hilton Kelley of the Community In-Power and Development Association Inc.)

The environmental racism threatening South Carolina’s Black communities. Quartz. September 3rd 2020. (references and quotes Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition.)

Gulfport wants to build new roads, but will it cause flooding in this historic community? Sun Herald. September 3rd 2020. (quotes Katherine Egland of Education, Economics, Environmental, Climate and Health Organization.)

Horry Co. Council moves forward with rezoning request; citizens ask for more options. WPDE ABC15 News. September 2nd 2020. (references residents of Horry county.)

Commentary: Why development has not Improved drainage in Charleston. The Post and Courier. August 30th 2020. (by Dr. Steven Emerman, consultant for several Higher Ground groups in Charleston.) 

‘Cascading disasters’: What a hurricane means when you live next to a refinery. Grist. August 29th 2020. (quotes Hilton Kelley of the Community In-Power and Development Association Inc.) 

Millions Of Pounds Of Extra Pollution Were Released Before Hurricane Laura’s Landfall. NPR. August 28th 2020. (quotes Hilton Kelley of the Community In-Power and Development Association Inc.) 

Our focus has to be on the victims of Hurricane Laura. Buffalo News. August 28th 2020. (quotes Hilton Kelley of the Community In-Power and Development Association Inc.) 

Hurricane Laura Devastates Gulf Coast, Laying Bare Climate Crisis, Environmental Racism. Democracy Now. August 28th 2020. (quotes Hilton Kelley of the Community In-Power and Development Association Inc.) 

Major Real Estate Website Now Shows Flood Risk. Should They All? NPR. August 28th 2020. (quotes Harriet Festing, co-founder of Anthropocene Alliance and Higher Ground.) 

A new tool shows home buyers the probability a home would flood. ABC 15 News. August 27th 2020 (quotes April O’Leary of Horry County Rising.) 

Horry County seeks millions for buyout program to help flood victims with no way out. My Horry News. August 26th 2020 (references Rosewood residents.) 

Hurricane Laura and the Inequities of Evacuating to Safety. Union of Concerned Scientists Blog. August 26th 2020. (quotes Hilton Kelley of the Community In-Power and Development Association Inc.) 

Countless Deaths Tied to Trump Admin Decimation of Environmental Protections During Pandemic, Experts Say. Newsweek. August 24th 2020. (quotes Hilton Kelley of the Community In-Power and Development Association Inc.)

How to heal emotional wounds after disaster. The Center for Public Integrity. August 25th 2020 (quotes residents from several Higher Ground groups.)

Disasters are driving a mental health crisis. The Center for Public Integrity. August 25th 2020 (quotes residents from several Higher Ground groups.)

Behre: Charleston tackles a tricky task: making development improve drainage.  The Post and Courier. August 22nd 2020 (quotes residents from several Higher Ground groups.)

Flooding group criticized for questioning city contracts. Ocean City Sentinel. August 19th 2020 (quotes Suzanne Hornick from Ocean City, NJ Flooding.)

Flooding, affordable housing a focus for Charleston’s 10-year plan, public meetings start Thursday. The Post and Courier. August 19th 2020 (quotes by Phil Dustan of the Lowcountry Flooded States of America.)

Commentary: There has to be a better way to handle flooding on James Island. The Post and Courier. August 17th 2020 (quotes Theodosia Wade and Julie Hallman of Save James Island.)

With Hurricane and COVID-19 Preparedness, Communities Are Damned if they Do and Damned if they Don’t. Union of Concerned Scientists Blog. August 6th 2020. (quotes Hilton Kelley of the Community In-Power and Development Association Inc.)

Consultant hired by neighbors recommends halting James Island development. Live 5 WCSC. August 6th 2020 (quotes Frances Henty of Save James Island.)

For Socastee, Hurricanes mean more flooding. Myrtle Beach SC. August 5th 2020 (quotes Terri Jean of Rosewood Strong.)

Will Your New House Flood? In New York, the Answer Is Easily Hidden. The City. August 4th 2020 (quotes Joe Tirone of Oakwood Beach Buyouts.)

Chicagoans swamp city with flood complaints after spring’s record rain. Chicago Sun Times. July 20th 2020 (quotes Lori Burns of RainReady Chatham in Chicago.)

Duckworth meets with residents, local leaders about flooding issues in Centreville. Illinois Business Journal. July 17th, 2020 (US Senator meets with Centreville Citizens for Change)

Questions Raised On Ocean City’s Flooding Preparedness. Patch. July 9th 2020 (quotes Suzanne Hornick of Ocean City NJ Flooding.)

Rosewood flood victims protest lack of assistance. ABC 15 News. July 6th 2020 (quotes Billie Sherengos of Rosewood Strong.)

There’s no help’: Rosewood residents protest Horry County’s flood response. WMBF News. July 6th, 2020 (speaks to Melissa Krupa of Rosewood Strong.)

Rosewood residents protest county over flooding, mitigation plans. WBTW News 13. July 6th, 2020 (quotes Melissa Krupa of Rosewood Strong.)

Centreville Homes Flood Again. Residents Say No One Will Help Them. St Louis Public Radio, July 3rd 2020 (references members of Centreville Citizens for Change.)

‘You can’t leave a handful of people out here’: Rosewood flooding concerns escalate. News 13. June 8th, 2020 (quotes Terri Straka of Rosewood Strong.)

Raw sewage keeps flooding these Centreville homes. Now their owners are going to court. June 5th, 2020. Belleville News-Democrat. (references the work of Centreville Citizens for Change.)

‘I am just so over it’: Rosewood residents dealing with flooding yet again. WMBF News. June 2nd, 2020 (quotes Terri Straka of Rosewood Strong.)

Protesters against racism, police brutality make voices heard at Pavilion. The News. June 2nd, 2020 (references Hilton Kelley of Community In-Power and Development Association.)

Fortress Charleston: Can a Wall Hold Back the Waters? Governing. June 1st 2020. (features Phil Dustan and Ana Zimmerman of Lowcountry Flooded States of America.)

Emotions run high in fight over proposed townhouse development. Live 5 WSCS. May 29th, 2020 (Quotes Franny Henty of Lowcountry Flooded States of America.)

Fixed for Failure: How flood insurance keeps dangerous homes standing in SC. The Post and Courier. May 20th, 2020 (quotes Melissa Krupa of Rosewood Strong.)

Charleston faces an existential choice: Wall off the rising ocean or retreat to high ground. The Post and Courier. May 20th, 2020 (quotes Susan Lyons of Groundswell Charleston.)

RISING WATERS. Forget about climate change. The real story is climate speed. The Post and Courier. May 20th, 2020 (quotes Susan Lyons of Groundswell Charleston.)

How to protect your home from disasters amplified by climate change. Science News. May 13th, 2020 (quotes Susan Lyons of Groundswell Charleston.)

James Island neighbors waiting for flooding solutions. Live5 News. May 12th 2020. (quotes residents of James Island, Charleston)

Resort plan for SC barrier island advances with county now saying it’s ‘ecotourism’. The Post and Courier. May 6th 2020 (features Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition.)

Natural disasters challenge mental health. Tell us your story. The Center for Public Integrity. May 4th 2020. (En Español: Los desastres naturales afectan a la salud mental. Cuéntanos de tu experiencia.)

Fortress Charleston: Will Walling Off the City Hold Back the Waters? Yale Environment 360. May 5th 2020 (features Phil Dustan and Ana Zimmerman of Lowcountry Flooded States of America.)

How to Prevent Sewer Backups, Flooded Basements During Coronavirus Pandemic. 5 Chicago, April 29th, 2020 (features Chris Parker of Floodlothian Midlothian.)

Earth Day: Deadly Impact of Climate Change and COVID-19 Collide in Low-Wage Earning Communities. Colorlines. April 22nd, 2020 (features Hilton Kelley of Community In-Power and Development Association.)

COVID-19 and Climate Change Threats Compound in Minority Communities. Scientific American. April 20th, 2020 (features Hilton Kelley of Community In-Power and Development Association.)

‘They’re killing us,’ Texas residents say of Trump rollbacks. The Hour. April 20th, 2020 (features Hilton Kelley of Community In-Power and Development Association.)

‘They’re killing us,’ Texas residents say of Trump rollbacks. AP News. April 19th, 2020 (features Hilton Kelley of Community In-Power and Development Association.)

‘They’re killing us,’ Texas residents say of Trump rollbacks. The Houston Chronicle. April 19th 2020. (quotes Hilton Kelley of the Community In-Power and Development Association Inc.)

Covid-19 and Climate Change Threats Compound in Minority Communities. Inside Climate News. April 17th, 2020 (features Hilton Kelley of Community In-Power and Development Association.)

‘I Flood and I Vote’. M – Heart Climate Voices. April 15th (profiles Reverend Richard Bell of A Community Voice.)

Climate justice in frontline communities: Here’s how to (really) help. The Hill. March 24th, 2020 (opinion piece by Higher Ground Council leaders, Katherine Egland and Hilton Kelley.)

Letter: Legislation could help with flood planning, recovery. St Louis Post-Dispatch. March 20th, 2020 (letter written by Susan Lily from the Citizens Committee for Flood Relief).

Investigation: Are we ready for the rise in flood waters from climate change? WAVY.com. March 12th 2020 (features Virginia Wasserberg and Bob Jennings from Stop the Flooding Now!)

Wetland buffers at risk despite code requirements. Navarre Press. March 11th, 2020 (references Liz Pavelick of Save Our Soundside.)

How an Ocean City, New Jersey, woman is fighting back against sea-level rise. Yale Climate Communications. March 9th, 2020 (features Suzanne Hornick of Ocean City, NJ Flooding Committee.)

Environmental racism in action. Environmental Health News. March 9th 2020 (quotes Hilton Kelley of the Community In-Power and Development Association Inc.)

Biden vs. Sanders: The Next Leg of the Democratic Race. New York Times. March 6th, 2020 (features a letter written by Aa co-founder, Stephen Eisenman).

Centreville’s Sewage And Drainage Problems Put Community At Risk. St. Louis Public Radio. March 5th 2020. (quotes Nicole D. Nelson of Centreville Citizens for Change)

Charleston, SC on frontlines of climate crisis. MSNBC. February 28th, 2020 (features Phil Dustan of Lowcountry Flooded States of America.)

Key primary state faces climate change crisis. MSNBC. February 28th, 2020 (features Ana Zimmerman and Phil Dustan of Lowcountry Flooded States of America.)

New subcommittee coming to Horry County, focused only on flood solutions. ABC 15 News. February 26th, 2020 (references April O’Leary of Horry County Rising.)

Opponents fault Trump proposal to cut environmental reviews. Associated Press. February 25th, 2020 (quotes Hilton Kelley of Community In-Power and Development Association.)

Johns Island residents worry about future flooding as development continues. Post and Courier. February 25, 2020 (references Phil Dustan of Lowcountry Flooded States of America.)

County council chairman creates subcommittee to study flooding challenges. My Horry News. February 25th, 2020 (references April O’Leary of Horry County Rising.)

Draining the Reservoir Can Mitigate Flooding, But Some Residents Object. Bloomberg News. February 24th, 2020 (quotes Harriet Festing of Anthropocene Alliance.)

Charleston City Council to vote on two sea rise response regulations. Post and Courier. February 23rd, 2020 (quotes Susan Lyons of Groundswell Charleston.)

Nearly 1,400 Conroe-area residents attend meeting to discuss whether to lower Lake Conroe for flood mitigation. Click 2 Houston. February 21st, 2020 (references members of Kingswood and Lake Houston’s Fight Against Future Flooding.)

San Jacinto River Authority votes to continue Lake Conroe lowering with modifications. ABC 13 News. February 21st, 2020 (references members of Kingswood and Lake Houston’s Fight Against Future Flooding.)

Critics: Charleston’s new stormwater design standards fail to address flooding. Live 5 News. February 20th, 2020 (interviews Phil Dustan of Lowcountry Flooded States of America.)

Stormwater regulations scrutinized. Charleston business Journal. February 20th, 2020 (quotes Susan Lyons, Groundswell Charleston.)

Local group calls for action as flooding impacts region. News 13. February 20th, 2020 (interviews April O’Leary of Horry County Rising.)

Homeowners respond to federal judge dismissing lawsuit over Addicks, Barker releases during Hurricane Harvey. Judge Says Storm was ‘Act of God’. Click 2 Houston. February 20th, 2020 (interviews Cynthia Neely, of Residents Against Flooding.)

Overflowing Intracoastal Waterway spills into Rosewood streets, yards and even homes. ABC News 15. February 17th, 2020 (references members of Rosewood Strong.)

Miami, Oklahoma residents voice concerns with proposal to increase Grand Lake’s level by two feet. KOAM News Now. February 11th, 2020 (includes members of LEAD Agency).

I Flood, I Vote’ rally set in Miami. Miamiok.com. February 10th, 2020 (includes members of LEAD Agency).

SC’s $157 million ‘action plan’ criticized for failing to acknowledge climate change, sea-level rise. Live 5 WCSC. February 6th, 2020 (includes members of Lowcountry Flooded States of America).

Trump administration rule could worsen flooding by removing protections for our wetlands. Houston Chronicle. January 29th, 2020 (references developments being fought by Flood Naught).

James Island residents ask for federal help after concerns over James Island Creek. Live 5. January 22nd, 2020 (quotes member of Save James Island).

It’s Your Money: S.C. bill would allocate millions of dollars for flood victims. WMBF News, January 21st, 2020 (quotes a member of Rosewood Strong.)

Neighbors concerned about new James Island development plans. Live 5. January 9th, 2020 (quotes member of Save James Island).

Socastee Flood family endorses Jeremy Halpin 2020. Myrtle Beach SC. January 7th, 2020 (references Terri Jean of Rosewood Strong.)

Pensacola stormwater fees may increase to help pay for improvements. 3WEARTV. January 6th, 2020 (features Gloria Horning, Pensacola).

Santa Rosa County homeowners say flooding is a major problem with any rainfall. 3WEARTV. January 6th, 2020 (features members of Save our Soundside).

How a dirt road held up an Horry County housing development off Highway 90. Myrtle Beach Online. January 3rd, 2020 (quotes a member of Horry County Rising.)

The End of the World Has Already Happened. BBC Radio 4. January 2nd, 2020 (features Hilton Kelley of CIDA.)

2019 media coverage

Local flood victims could have homes bought out under new federal program. My Horry News. December 25th, 2019 (quotes members of Rosewood Strong and Horry County Rising.)

Rolling the dice on local home flooding. Myrtle Beach SC. December 19th, 2019. (Written by the leader of Horry County Rising.)

Horry County Council gets Imagine 2040 right, looks to fix CFA loophole. Myrtle Beach SC. December 10th, 2019. (references the work of Horry County Rising.)

Flood histories will become clearer for SC homebuyers under new state policy. Post and Courier. December 10th, 2019. (references the work of Horry County Rising.)

Flood Victims ask County Council to “fix” CFA Development loophole. Myrtle Beach SC. December 10th, 2019. (references the work of Horry County Rising.)

Flood families express the importance of Imagine 2040. Myrtle Beach SC. December 5th, 2019. (references Horry County Rising.)

The Senate’s most famous anti-science member is OK with flooding his neighbors — if it keeps his lake view. Raw Story, November 27th, 2019 (quotes the LEAD Agency)

Communities Thrive with Thriving Earth. EOS. November 25th, 2019.

SC resort plan for remote island may be OK under ecotourism rules, but some oppose project. Post and Courier. November 7th 2019 (references Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.)

Soundside Drive housing development cited after citizens find dirt spilling into wetlands. Pensacola News Journal, November 6th 2019 (references Save our Soundside.)

Ocean City Flooding Committee Holding Info Session Nov. 16. Ocean City, NJ Patch. November 5th, 2019 (references Ocean City NJ Flooding.)

Governor’s flood group won’t fix SC problems with artificial reef, scientists say. The Post and Courier. November 3rd, 2019 (quotes April O’Leary, Horry County Rising.)

Abandoned furniture, trash sits near waterway, county official explains cleaning process. ABC 15 News. October 30th, 2019 (quotes a member of Rosewood Strong!).

Musical about ‘most toxic town’ makes Off-Broadway debut. E&E News. October 24th, 2019 (references the LEAD Agency).

Port of Gulfport’s construction plans on hold after opponents file appeal. WLOX. October 24th, 2019 (references and quotes EEECHO).

Gullah Geechee: distinct US culture risks losing island home to climate crisis. The Guardian. October 23rd, 2019 (references Queen Quet of the Gullah Geechee Sea Island Coalition).

Socastee residents still recovering from floods weigh in on Horry County resilience plan. WBTW News 13. October 22nd, 2019 (quotes members of Rosewood Strong!).

Socastee flood victim tries to get state, county to buyout about 30 homes. ABC News 15. October 22nd, 2019 (quotes members of Rosewood Strong!).

100+ residents contribute to Horry County Flood Resilience Plan. WMBF News. October 22nd, 2019 (quotes members of Rosewood Strong!).

Did your property flood the past four years? This new plan is looking for your feedback. Myrtle Beach Online. October 18th, 2019 (quotes April O’Leary, Horry County Rising.)

Banking on blessed land: SC needs permanent funding for Land and Water Conservation Fund, Opinion. The Island Packet, October 18th, 2019 (Opinion piece by Marquetta Goodwine, also known as Queen Quet and chieftess of the Gullah-Geechee Nation.)

What we learned about plans to build an eco-resort on a Beaufort Co. barrier island. The State. October 17th, 2019 (quotes Queen Quet, The Gullah/Geechee Coalition.)

Here’s how to make your voice heard as Horry County develops a flood resilience plan. My Horry News. October 16th, 2019 (quotes April O’Leary, Horry County Rising.)

Three years after Hurricane Matthew devastated Virginia Beach, how has the city changed? The Virginian-Pilot. October 8th, 2019 (quotes Virginia Wasserberg, Stop the Flooding Now!)

Fill, Build and Flood: Dangerous Development in Flood-Prone Areas. US News and World report. October 8th, 2019 (quotes several Higher Ground members.)

Charleston city councilman wants to stop fill-and-build development. Live 5 News, October 7th, 2019 (quotes Phil Dustan, Lowcountry Flooded States of America).

Gulfport organization takes students out of the class and into nature. WLOX. October 5th, 2019 (quotes Ruth Story, EEECHO).

Outside the Spotlight, Communities around the Nation Seek to Rebound from Climate-Related Disasters. The Climate Mobilization. October 4th, 2019 (features multiple Higher Ground members.)

Final Dutch Dialogues report recommends using water to Charleston’s advantage. Charleston City paper. October 2nd, 2019 (quotes Lowcountry Flooded States of America.)

Storms, Flooding Hit Poorest Communities Hardest. Better Government Association. September 27, 2019 (quotes Helen Lekavich, Floodlothian Midlothian).

Hampton Roads “has fallen victim” to rising seas, says another national flooding report. The Virginian Pilot. September 24. 2019 (quotes Virginia Wasserberg, Stop the Flooding Now!).

Surging Waters: Science Empowering Communities in the Face of Flooding. AGU. September 24, 2019 (features multiple Higher Ground members.)

More than 200 Horry County residents petition multi family units under CFA zoning. WBTW News 13. September 23rd, 2019 (features April O’Leary, Horry County Rising.)

Builders Profit, Owners Worry Amid Disaster-Area Development. The New York Times. September 23 2019 (quotes Phil Dustan, Lowcountry Flooded States of America).

The bear got us:’ Could proposed flood zones have saved homes from Florence?. WMBF News in S. Carolina. September 23, 2019 (quotes Connie Parrish, Rosewood Strong).

Charleston’s Chronic Flooding: How the City Plans to Survive as Sea Levels Rise. Matter of Fact, by Soledad O’Brien. September 21, 2019 (features Phil Dustan and Ana Zimmerman, Lowcountry Flooded States of America).

What 500,000 Americans hit by floods can teach us about fighting climate change. The Guardian. August 30, 2019 (features multiple Higher Ground members.)

Sounding the alarm on development-related flooding, Johns Island groups unveil Lowcountry Flooding Declaration. Charleston City Paper. August 21st, 2019 (features an event hosted by Lowcountry Flooded States of America.)

Risky Waters. Governing. August 2019 (quotes Phil Dustan, Lowcountry Flooded States of America).

Charleston mayoral candidates attended Johns Island meeting on flooding. ABC4News, August 19th (features an event hosted by Lowcountry Flooded States of America.)

Alliance of Flood Survivors Launch Nationwide Campaign of Community Action Called “United Flooded States of America”. The Insider, An exclusive publication for ASFPM members. July 2019.

Flood survivors join forces to change policy, fight climate change. Citizens’ Climate Lobby News. July 18, 2019.

Women Are Fighting Flooding Crisis in the US. Human Rights Watch, July 1, 2019. Article by Skye Wheeler of the Women’s Rights Division.

Stop building on floodplains, say flood-hit U.S. families. Yahoo News, June 24, 2019. By Sebastien Malo, Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Commentary: Stop building in floodplains. Chicago Tribune, June 17, 2019. Commentary by Aa Executive Director, Harriet Festing.

Stop Building in Floodplains. The Progressive, June 18, 2019. An Op-Ed by Aa Executive Director, Harriet Festing.

Flooding in the Chicago area has been so bad in the past decade that only places ravaged by hurricanes sustain more damage. Chicago Tribune, May 10, 2019. The article highlights the story of Higher Ground member, Lori Burns.

Flood survivors are identifying the root causes of repeated flooding. Ensia, April 23, 2019. The article highlights several of the community leaders involved with our initiative, Higher Ground.

While Charleston works on clearing up FEMA’s concerns, one neighborhood left in limbo. Post and Courier. January 2019. The article highlights the story of Ana Zimmerman, Lowcountry Flooded States of America.

Once derided, ways of adapting to climate change are gaining steam. National Geographic, January 9, 2019. Our initiative, Higher Ground (formerly Flood Forum USA), is described as a “Match.com for flooded towns and scientists.”

The Year That Was and Wasn’t. The Morning News, December 18, 2018. Writer, Elizabeth Rush, describes “broad climate coalitions are coming to the fore from Higher Ground (formerly Flood Forum USA) to the Sunrise Movement and the push for a Green New Deal.”

Climate Change Could Cause More Sewage Backups. Yale Climate Connections, November 20, 2018. The article features Lori Burns, flood survivor advocate and Aa Board of Director.

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