California AB 2800: Climate change: infrastructure planning

The California legislature passed legislation (AB 2800) to ensure that the planning and design of state infrastructure projects consider future climate change impacts -- citing prolonged heat waves, extreme precipitation events, severe drought, increasing wildfires, and other potentially dangerous climate impacts on critical infrastructure. Assembly Bill 2800 requires the California Natural Resources Agency to create a Climate-Safe Infrastructure Working Group, and for state agencies to take into account the current and future impacts of climate change when planning, designing, building, operating, maintaining, and investing in state infrastructure.

AB 2800 calls for a Climate-Safe Infrastructure Working Group to be established by July 1, 2017 to work through July 1, 2020.  This working group is charged with examining how to integrate projected climate change impacts into engineering standards for infrastructure projects. The working group must include registered professional engineers from the Department of Transportation, the Department of Water Resources, the Department of General Services, and other relevant state agencies; scientists with specified expertise from the University of California, the California State University, and other institutions; and licensed architects with relevant experience.

The working group is required to make recommendations to the Legislature and the Strategic Growth Council by July 1, 2018 on how to integrate the effects of climate change into state infrastructure design, and on any key information gaps they find in their work on these topics. They will also recommend a platform or process to facilitate communication between climate scientists and infrastructure engineers.

The working group is directed to work in coordination with other state climate adaptation planning efforts and to build upon existing information produced by the state, including information from the most recent California Climate Change Assessment conducted pursuant to Executive Order S-3-05the state’s adaptation plan - Safeguarding Californiaand the State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance Document completed pursuant to Executive Order S-13-08, among other resources.

 

 

Publication Date: September 26, 2016

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