Portsmouth is at high risk for flooding from extreme tides, storms, and rising seas. Building awareness for residents, businesses, and local decision makers can enhance both individual and community resilience. With a focus on the vulnerable Common Fence Point (CFP) residential neighborhood, this pilot is bringing the community together to learn about, identify, and prioritize key actions that the neighborhood could take to reduce the flooding impacts of strong storms and sea level rise. The project is:

  • Grounded in local and regional initiatives, such as the Community Resilience Building process and the Aquidneck Island Resilience Strategy.
  • Engaging stakeholders in a concrete effort to create and initiate a plan with prioritized adaptation actions.
  • Preparing other neighborhoods and coastal communities to participate in, and learn from the CFP effort, so they can replicate the planning and implementation process in their own neighborhoods.