Dave Colangelo, grant writer for Earthology, helped acquire two major grants with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) totaling almost 100 million dollars!
The first grant, "Florida: Improving Canal Systems Using Gray and Green Infrastructure in West Palm Beach", earned a total of $50 million to provide communities with canal and water control structure upgrades using both man-made and nature based solutions to control runoff and flooding. You can read the grant announcement here.
The second grant, "Florida: Building Resiliency with Gray and Green Infrastructure in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties", earned $49.64 million to help install nature-based flood control measures in Miami. The announcement for this grant is here.
Dave Colangelo delivering his presentation. Image credit to Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration.
Earlier this year, Dave gave a presentation at the Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration (GEER) Science Conference. There, he presented his work "South Florida Water Management District Sea Level Rise and Flood Resiliency Plan, 2023". In his presentation, Dave reviewed 10 chapters covering a range of topics, proposed projects, and covered the upcoming steps for the Resiliency Plan for the rest of this year, which correlate with the FEMA grants earned this year. Some keynote subjects of his presentation included Nature Based Solutions, Ecosystem Restoration, Water Supply Resiliency, Renewable Energy, Basin Resiliency, and Priority Planning Studies.
Keep up the great work Dave!