Evaluating Ordinances and Policies to Reduce Flood Risk

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Signup Deadline: 12-31-2019
Starts: 01-01-2020
Ends: 12-31-2020
Location: 123 Main Street, Horry County, SC 29526 volunteer opportunity location


Thriving Earth Exchange helps scientists and communities form collaborative, impactful partnerships. Community science projects launched through Thriving Earth Exchange use science to advance community priorities and are part of a growing movement toward engaged, community-driven science.

We are currently seeking volunteers for the following project in Horry County, SC:

Thriving Earth Exchange is seeking a scientific partner to assist Horry County Rising with an analysis of landuse and stormwater ordinances to address riverine flooding impacts. In order to gain bi-partisan political support for flood mitigation policies and actions, the community would also like help in quantifying the costs and benefits of implementing the recommended actions in Horry County (or the City of Conway), SC. This information would help April and Horry County Rising prioritize future advocacy efforts aimed at policy actions to mitigate current and future flood risk and support flooded families in Horry County.

The community is open to the scientific partner(s) bringing in students to support this work.

Read more about the project on the Thriving Earth Exchange website.

Desired Skills and Expertise

  • Background in land use policy and zoning ordinance analysis, particularly with respect to riverine flooding and stormwater issues
  • Familiarity with climate and hydrology of coastal plain of South Carolina strongly preferred
  • Experience with GIS and ability to create maps to support advocacy efforts
  • Experience in community resilience and adaptation planning
  • Ability to translate science for a lay audience and discuss climate change in a non-divisive manner
  • Experience and/or desire to participate in community education, outreach and engagement
  • Relaxed, easy going personality with a good sense of humor 
  • Ability to visit the community in-person at least once

Volunteers Needed:

1 (1 open slot)

Experience Required:

No Experience


Melissa Goodwin
American Geophysical Union