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Money, infrastructure, politics and water systems collide in Florida as climate shifts

NewSecurityBeat.com had a lengthy article at the end of March discussing the politics of water in Florida and how changes in drought and flood frequency are expected to put even more strain on the water delivery systems there in the future in a warmer climate.  Because of Florida’s unique geology, including its low elevation and population concentrated near the coasts, it is already seeing problems in times of unusually high tides.  Water delivery in particular is already difficult because of the flat terrain, permeable aquifers, and extensive drainage structures in the area, although the water management districts have done an excellent job of balancing the flows in most cases.

Hurricane strikes, although they have been rare lately, are also expected to cause significant problems with “nuisance flooding” as well as impacts from both storm surge and winds.  Florida has 8400 miles of tidal coastline and 75 percent of its residents live in coastal counties.

Source: NASA

Source: NASA