Posted on February 13, 2023
Port Everglades was awarded a $32m grant to mitigate environmental threats from flooding and sea level rise and ensure continued access for ships.
This grant is part of more than $275m for resilience projects issued by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Everglades will use the Resilient Florida Infrastructure Grant to replace bulkheads in the northern part of the port, which will assist in reducing the impacts of climate change to the facility and neighboring residents.
Raising bulkhead height
In addition, there is a future opportunity to raise the bulkhead height. The bulkheads will be designed based on a projection of 4.36 feet in sea level rise by 2095. This estimate comes from US Army Corps of Engineers’ High Scenario Sea Level Rise established by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report.
Additionally, the port will replace the north entrance channel bulkhead, which will support the continued safe navigation of the waterway for all marine traffic including cargo ships, cruise ships and energy vessels.