Decision Tree & Financial Modules

Project description

Coastal erosion
Coastal erosion
Shoreline control
Shoreline control

Due to increasing threats and/or impacts from adverse environmental events such as flooding, coastal erosion, rising sea level and other natural events, many communities regardless of population size or location, have been considering the need to adapt-in-place or relocate, either in whole or in part. Threats or impacts to any given community may vary from all components being involved (i.e. roads, airstrip, school, wastewater system, cemetery, landfills, etc.), or just one or two infrastructure components. Communities will need to ask themselves many social and financial questions in regards to relocation. The intent of this project is to provide resources to those questions.

This project starts with general community questions and will have branches for each community component beginning with solid waste and drinking water systems. Each branch will have questions and will provide answers including links to studies and potential funding sources specifically for that component.

Decision Tree

Each community facing the adapt-in-place or relocate decision is unique, and many struggle to find the answers to the questions—Where do we start this discussion? Where do we find information? How do we evaluate the impact to each of our community’s components?

Community Questions & Resources

Financial Modules

The EFC is currently developing financial modules for Solid Waste and Water/Wastewater facilities for communities threatened and/or impacted by adverse environmental conditions who are considering the adapt-in-place vs. relocate decision. This work focuses on financial information for the adapt-in-place or relocation decision making process and will include existing site restoration and/or expansion (adapt-in-place), relocation of facilities, site close-out and clean-up costs.

Solid Waste


Drinking Water


Wastewater  (under construction)