Written by Alyssum Pohl, NOAA Digital Coast Fellow
The first publication in our three-part series on coastal resiliency
is now available. “Planning Resilient Water Systems: County Case Studies” shares two examples of counties that have experienced negative
effects of poor water quality and are now striving to reverse this course.
Water quality standards measure three
important features: how safe the water is for human contact, how safe it is for
drinking and the health of an ecosystem.
A critical component of community resilience is responsible stewardship
of our water bodies, which are vital resources for human, economic and
Both Bucks County,
Pa. and Suffolk County, N.Y. have created detailed plans to guide future water
quality improvements through sediment reduction and wastewater management,
respectively. In each case, the counties
have found that partnerships have been key components for achieving success.
an eye out for future coastal resiliency publications that will focus on case
studies about severe weather and climate change adaptation as well as ecosystem