Living with Water
Advocacy for Charleston
Charleston’s connection to the sea is integral to its identity. Yet water is a blessing and a curse for our built environment. We must address a complex suite of flooding challenges that threaten our historic city including storm surges, king tides, and groundwater inundation.
Successful management of flooding in Charleston requires us to continuously press our public officials to manage growth wisely and invest in critical infrastructure to protect life and property. In the last several years, the impacts to our already flood-prone City have been noticeably accentuated by the rapid growth of our built environment and sea-level rise. Time is of the essence to ensure that the city’s growth does not compromise its resilience.
The Preservation Society of Charleston is committed to finding solutions that best safeguard our community and the heritage it stewards from increasing flood events and climate change. Charleston’s distinct character, quality of life, and diverse neighborhoods are all at risk if we avoid the continuous need for comprehensive flood risk mitigation.
Our strategy for progress focuses on how Charleston can live with and manage its water: