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                 Are you concerned about:


                 COASTAL FLOODING?

                  STORM SURGE?

                     IF IT'S SAFE TO DRINK TAP WATER?




"Residents for Resilience is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advocating for safe-clean drinking water, flood mitigation, coastal resiliency, and waterway restoration in Florida. We aim to bridge the information gap between government leaders, experts, scientists, and the general public, fostering education, communication, advocation, and collaboration.

"It’s hard to care about ...what  you don’t know about!"


Our primary focus is addressing the pressing water issues that threaten the health, safety, environment, and economy of our residents, visitors, and marine ecosystems throughout the state. By empowering individuals and communities, we strive to ensure that residents' concerns are heard and that they are actively involved in important decision-making processes.


Join us as we advocate for change, providing a strong collective voice and promoting preparedness in the face of an ever-changing environment. Together, let us champion resilience and make a lasting impact.

Let your voices be heard!​ 

Suzee Bailey

Founder - Residents for Resilience  




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Water Sport

Residents for Resilience, along with The Marine Research Hub,

invite you to join us on Wednesday, April 17th at the Museum of Discovery and Science 
for our Waterlogged Series Part 2: Beyond the Surface, Exploring Solutions for our Waterways!

Hear our Panel of Experts discuss potential solutions to begin the process of restoring
the health and vitality of our precious waterways in our 2nd Waterlogged series event!

In Part 1, we virtually dove into understanding the current state of
our local waterways with data from Miami Waterkeepers and
current research with Florida International University, Dr. Schonna Manning.

Now to the next step: SOLUTIONS! On Wednesday, April 17th, 5pm,
at the Museum of Discovery & Science,we will explore various mitigation
options and solutions along with updates on permitting information
for both the public and private sector. Collaborations will be the key to
begin this much needed remediation process for our priceless waterways!


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As residents in a handful of coastal communities — including Dania Beach and Oakland Park — anxiously waited for floodwaters to drain out of their neighborhoods and roads, the opposite was happening. A few critical canals designed to move water east were overflowing, spilling into streets, parks and yards. The multi-day rain event coincided with a king tide, one of the highest tides of the year. That high tide effectively backed up the canals South Florida relies on to drain water to rivers, bays and the Atlantic Ocean. They’re largely the same canals dug hundreds of years ago to drain the Everglades and open what were once wetlands to sprawling development.


Read more at:


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Living shorelines are softer, greener alternatives to stabilize shorelines from erosion, sea level rise, and other damage. They protect, restore, or enhance natural shoreline habitat and maintain coastal processes through the strategic placement of plants, oyster shell, and other structural organic materials. Living shorelines offer many benefits. They:


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Water Filter Faucet
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The water that comes out of your household tap travels through miles of pipes, aquifers, and treatment systems before landing in your glass. One of the easiest ways to boost the quality of that water is by using a water filter, be it under your sink, in your fridge, or on your countertop.

While many people buy water filters simply to improve the taste or appearance of their tap water, filtering your drinking water can also potentially protect you from harmful contaminants. 

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"These 'green solutions' won't prevent the impacts of climate change, but they offer us a way to try and mitigate some of the effects while blending in with Mother Nature's constraints," he said. "Climate change is very dynamic, and the rate of problems are happening at such a pace that this will be a good snapshot in time to see if projects like these are worthwhile as we see climate change happening over the next 10 to 15 years.”....

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Some states – including California, Florida, Louisiana and Texas – are facing more significant storms and extreme swings in precipitation.

Landlocked states won’t have to adapt to sea level rise, though some – including Appalachian states like Kentucky and West Virginia – have seen devastating flooding from rainstorms...


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At a new factory under construction in Washington State, a startup called Twelve will soon begin using captured CO2, water, and renewable electricity to make jet fuel that could eventually compete on cost with conventional jet fuel. Alaska Airlines will be one of the first customers when the factory begins production next year...

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By Tricia Halliday
R4R Executive Director

The City of Ft. Lauderdale invited the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to analyze flood prone City roads and recommend criteria for a policy to determine which roads to elevate and how to prioritize and fund the improvements.  Quite a tall order for this group of panelists and staff!

Who is the ULI?  The Urban Land Institute is a 75 year old organization that provides independent, unbiased recommendations (Advisory Services) from outside the community.  The panelists from all over the US, volunteered their time - in this case, 4 days, to listen and learn, then offer their proposed solutions.  During their 4 days, this esteemed group held a listening meeting at MODS, toured our local neighborhoods with City Staff, held Stake-Holder interviews, then presented their findings at another public meeting held at the Mizell Community Center.

Our R4R Founder, Suzee Bailey was invited to participate in the “Stakeholder” listening session, sharing many of our residents concerns and questions. She stressed the need for options from flood mitigation experts, which will be needed as homes, neighborhoods and communities will strive to become more resilient, (which hopefully may help mitigate the insurance crisis).  Presentation sessions can be viewed on our website.  We will provide you with a link to the ULI’s written report which should be posted on the City’s website soon.

During their presentation, the ULI took a broader view to the task at hand.  Before elevating roads, they stressed we need to address the compounding risks - Rising Seas and King Tides.  Resilience is THE guiding approach, and protecting people with the highest risk in neglected areas needs to be included on the Top Priority List!

Raising the roads is only one of the tools in the toolbox and most likely the one of last resort, since adjusting adjacent lower elevated properties to heightened roads can present a very costly and difficult solution for all parties involved.

The City has and is currently working on updating stormwater drains, raising seawalls, installing tidal valves and pumps which are also some of the important tools in that box.  Antiquated infrastructure and utilities also need to be considered before addressing road elevation, especially with the rising watertable and salt water intrusion.

Most importantly, the ULI discussed the need for strong regional collaboration and cooperation and suggested Fort Lauderdale work with Broward County, which has been actively addressing these alarming flooding issues, (see below).  The ULI also stressed the importance of public outreach, so that residents receive the most up-to-date data to aid in important decisions that may have to be made as we all adjust to this ever changing climate.

We look forward to the written report and how our elected officials respond.


Miami Waterkeeper test these 12 sites in our Fort Lauderdale Waterways for bacteria levels 

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As you can see in the above marine water quality testing data from Miami Waterkeeper, it might not be safe to enjoy recreational activities in our Fort Lauderdale waterways.  Anything over 70MPN is  concidered risky and potentially dangerous.  Test results that are this critically high usually follow a sewer line break or a severe rainfall event.   Since we haven’t received alerts

of a sewer line break, and there hasn’t been

a heavy rainfall event on many of the above dates with high numbers,

what is causing these alarming test results?

 Miami Waterkeeper conducts weekly bacteria level monitoring in the above areas of our Fort Lauderdale waterways, to provide you with up-to-date safety information. You can easily access these results, along with the Department of Health's (DOH) Healthy Beaches testing data, using the free Swim Guide app or their website.  (See Below)

Miami Waterkeeper and the DOH perform water sampling every Monday morning, with the latest test results becoming available by Tuesday afternoon. In cases where a site exhibits high bacteria levels, they are committed to re-running our samples daily until the issue is resolved.


EPA has set the following standards for water considered safe for swimming,

which are used by DOH and Miami Waterkeeper:

0-70 CFU/MPN per 100 mL enterococci per sample: Safe for swimming

70+ CFU/MPN per 100 mL enterococci per sample: Not safe for swimming

Learn more about our water testing and what the results mean here

 For all of you who live work and play on our precious waterway and canals, don't you think it is time our city leaders decree their critical condition an emergency and begin their restoration immediately!

Join our movement as we advocate for restoring the health and vitality

of our precious waterways, and for safety signage in contaminated areas!

Click here to join our team!


 Important information on harmful waterway conditions after heavy rains

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Sea Secrets 2024 with Andy Mann, Photographer and Co-founder of SeaLegacy
The Wavemaker: A Quest to Save the Ocean, One Story at a Time

From one of our R4R member!
Jeff Maggio- Lunkerdog


In 2021, The Nature Conservancy in Florida and partners began construction on 33 oyster reefs along 6.5 miles of Santa Rosa County shoreline to restore oyster populations in East and Blackwater Bays, a region where oysters once thrived. This animation shows how oysters grow on the reefs, promoting growth of seagrass and attracting fish, birds and recreational anglers.

Oysters: Nature’s water filtration system

Natures Amazing Water Filter

Join R4R as we advocate to bring oyster life back into our
Fort Lauderdale waterwaters to begin remediations efforts!
We have 5 marine water quality pilot projects in the works for 2024!

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harmful algal bloom

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Climate Change Forces a Rethinking of Mammoth Everglades Restoration Plan

Even as the $21 billion effort unfolds, officials realize that its water infrastructure cannot contend with rising seas, violent storms and Florida’s non-stop influx of residents.

By Amy Green

May 9, 2023

storm resiliency -
flood mitigation

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This vicious cycle also increases reinsurers’ rates. Reinsurers globally raised prices for property insurers by 37 percent in 2023, contributing to insurance companies pulling back from risky states like California and Florida. “As events are getting bigger and more costly, that has raised the prices of reinsurance in those areas,” said Carolyn Kousky, the associate vice president for economics and policy at the Environmental Defense Fund, who studies insurance. “It’s called the hardening of the market.” ...

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  • "The usual suspects — climate change plus El Niño — go a long way toward explaining the excess heat of this summer," Marvel said. She cautioned that other sources of internal variability may be at play too and historically have led to unexpected outcomes.

  • "There is always the possibility that something is going on that we've missed, but the Earth system is a strange beast even when it's not being disturbed," Marvel said...

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Among the most concerning evaluations are the flows of phosphorus and nitrogen, which are both widely used as crop fertilizers and freely run out into ecosystems, wreaking havoc by, for example, triggering dangerous algal blooms. The researchers find that humans are releasing far more chemicals that contain these elements into the environment than the boundary limits the scientists calculated...

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But as the third most populous state in America, whose population continues to boom thanks to its attractive low taxes and more affordable homes, Florida is also consuming water faster than it can be replaced despite its close proximity to major water and aquifer systems... 

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Florida is more vulnerable to climate change compared to other parts of the US; the state is dealing with unprecedented flooding, water contamination, coastal erosion, and more frequent and destructive hurricanes, often at the same time.  Florida also faces a higher risk of sea level rise from global warming. Though global sea levels have been increasing for decades, we are just starting to experience the real and potentially catastrophic effects of this phenomenon

New federal report blames PortMiami dredging for extensive coral reef damage

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Special thanks to Faith Crabtree Photos!

How fast are the seas rising?

Global sea level has risen 6.7 inches (170 mm) over the past 100 years — and the rate of rise has doubled since the 20th century. Part one of a three-part series designed to help you understand your flood risk.

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Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency Project

The Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency (LMCR) Project is an integrated coastal protection initiative aimed at reducing flood risk due to coastal storms and sea level rise in Lower Manhattan. The LMCR Project area spans the Lower Manhattan coast and seeks to increase resiliency while preserving access to the waterfront and integrating with public space.


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Do you feel residents deserve to know the truth on flood mitigation  and storm surge resiliency data? 

Ive been trying to encourage our Comissioners to invite this groupt to a special City meeting where they could share their ideas with City Leaders and residents on storm surge resiliency, flood mitigation, updating antiquated infrastructure and advise on outside funding sources... unfortunately I haven’t had any success.  So stay tuned...R4R will be hosting a number of “LETS TALK RESILIENCE lectures and Zoom meetings to hear from the experts in person!


Stilt homes, raised roads, maybe a huge wall. Can Miami-Dade stay safe from storm surge?

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The seawalls in Florida’s future: Higher, stronger and better for marine life

WLRN 91.3 FM | By Alex Harris | Miami Herald

Published April 14, 2022 at 6:01 AM EDT

Some notes from my R4R message
at the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Compact Summit event.  

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Mangrove forests capture massive amounts of carbon dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, and then trap and store them in their carbon-rich flooded soils for millennia. This is an important ecosystem service as we face climate change

drinking water concerns

New report warns about human health risks from PVC pipes used in drinking water systems

Emily Le Coz


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Worried about the quality of your drinking water?  Wonder what system removes unhealthy toxins?

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