- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says the millions invested by Miami Beach in climate change adaptations need the backup of long-term national policies like the president’s plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy joined Democratic U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson and Sheldon Whitehouse on Thursday in a South Beach neighborhood that in recent years frequently was flooded by seasonal high tides. The city expects to spend up to $400 million over five years to add about 60 new storm water pumps to improve drainage and reduce flooding.

The extreme high tides were expected to peak Thursday, but some of the new pumps already are operational and the streets were dry around the park where McCarthy and the senators joined students recording salinity levels.

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