Policies & Guidance

This tab includes federal policies that were adopted that could support adaptation.  Policies can be sorted by impact or sector.  

 

 

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CEQ Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in NEPA Reviews

August 1, 2016

 UPDATE: On April 5, 2017, the Council on Environmental Quality published a notice in the Federal Register to withdraw the Final Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in National Environmental Policy Act Reviews. CEQ withdrew the guidance pursuant to President Trump’s Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth

Related Organizations: White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Climate Change and Water Resources Management - A Federal Perspective: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1331

2009

This interagency report details a methodology to improve water management in a changing climate, with applicability to federal, state and local water resource managers. Three core areas discussed include: 1) tracking climate change impacts (e.g. monitoring networks, trend analysis); 2) anticipating impacts for decision making in long-range planning (e.g. modeling approaches, futures scenario planning, incorporating climate projections in current plans); and 3) responding with adaptation options (e.g. operational changes, demand management, infrastructure changes). Each area is discussed in detail, with applicability to federal, state, and local water resource managers.

Related Organizations: Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Authors: Levi D. Brekke, Julie E. Kiang, J. Rolf Olsen, Roger S. Pulwarty, David A. Raff, D. Phil Turnipseed, Robert S. Webb, Kathleen D. White

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities for Hazard Mitigation Assistance

May 11, 2016

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released a suite of tools and guidance for Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities (CRMA) aimed at bolstering local efforts to leverage federal hazard-mitigation funding to reduce the impacts of climate change.  Eligible activities include:

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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DOI Secretarial Order 3226, Amendment No. 1 (Jan 2009)

January 16, 2009

In 2007, a Climate Change Task Force was created within the Department of the Interior (DOI) to study climate change and its effects on the responsibilities of the Department.  The Task Force included three subcommittees that developed options for actions DOI should consider with respect to legal and policy issues, land and water management issues, and climate change scientific issues.  This Amendment to the Order provides guidance to bureaus and offices within the DOI on how to provide leadership by developing timely responses to these emerging climate change issues.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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DOI Secretarial Order 3289 (2010)

February 2, 2010

This U.S, Department of the Interior (DOI) order, Secretarial Order No. 3289, establishes a department-wide approach for applying scientific tools to increase the understanding of climate change and to coordinate an effective response to its impacts on tribes and on the land, water, ocean, fish and wildlife, and cultural heritage resources that the Department manages. It replaces Secretarial Order No. 3226, Amendment No. 1, issued on January 16, 2009, and reinstates the provisions of Secretarial Order No. 3226, issued on January 19, 2001.

Related Organizations: Department of the Interior (DOI): Alaska Climate Science Center (CSC), Department of the Interior (DOI): Northwest Interior Forest Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Department of the Interior (DOI): Northwest Climate Science Center (CSC), Department of the Interior (DOI): South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Department of the Interior (DOI): North Central Climate Science Center (CSC), Department of the Interior (DOI): Pacific Islands Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Department of the Interior (DOI): Plains and Prairie Potholes Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Department of the Interior (DOI): Great Basin Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Department of the Interior (DOI): Eastern Tallgrass Prairie & Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative(LCC), Department of the Interior (DOI): Southwest Climate Science Center (CSC)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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DOI Secretarial Order No. 3343 - Drought and Climate Change, California's Water Supply

January 4, 2017

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell issued a Secretarial Order on January 4, 2017 directing the Department of the Interior and its bureaus to take action to address the effects of drought and climate change on California’s water supply and imperiled wildlife. The order supports the State’s goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and to protect, restore, and enhance the environmental quality of the Bay-Delta.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)

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Draft Federal Flood Risk Management Standard Implementing Guidelines

January 30, 2015

President Obama issued Executive Order 13690, “The Federal Flood Risk Management Standard” in 2015 creating a new national minimum flood risk management standard to ensure that federal actions that are located in or near the floodplain consider risks, changes in climate, and vulnerability. The Order anticipates increases in both climate change impacts and the intensity of those impacts over time. The Guidelines provided by FEMA are for use by Federal agencies to guide the implementation of the updated Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS).

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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EPA Clean Water and Drinking Water Infrastructure Sustainability Policy

October 4, 2010

This U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) policy statement emphasizes the need for EPA to build on existing efforts to promote sustainable water infrastructure. EPA will work with states and water systems to employ comprehensive planning processes to deliver projects that are cost effective, resource efficient, and consistent with community sustainability goals.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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EPA Nonpoint Source Grant Program for States and Territories

April 12, 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Nonpoint Source Program (CFDA Number: 66.460) provides formula grants under section 319 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) for state and territory nonpoint source (NPS) management programs to minimize water pollution related to runoff from rain events or snow melt.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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EPA Policy Statement on Climate Change Adaptation

June 30, 2014

On June 30, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new Policy Statement on Climate Change Adaptation, building on the last policy statement released by the EPA in June 2011.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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