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My RainReady

2017

My RainReady is a free, online tool that helps building owners diagnose the flooding risks of single-family homes and small apartment buildings, and find the best means of reducing the risk of damage from urban flooding.  After the user answers a series of guided questions, My RainReady provides a tailored flood mitigation and preparedness measures, such as landscaping and construction improvements. My RainReady provides a customized report that suggests a mix of home maintenance and DIY improvements, landscaping and construction options, and flood preparedness actions.

Related Organizations: Center for Neighborhood Technology, RainReady

Author or Affiliated User: Marcella Bondie Keenan

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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The RainReady Approach: Linking Municipalities and Residents to Manage Urban Flooding with Distributed Green and Grey Infrastructure

2017

This paper presents approaches to residential flood mitigation through the RainReady program, developed by the non-profit Center for Neighborhood Technology. Urban flood mitigation programs may be designed in a number of ways, as illustrated by two case studies that each offer unique outcomes for flood risk analysis and reduction; community participation; and distributed stormwater infrastructure design.

Related Organizations: Center for Neighborhood Technology, RainReady

Authors or Affiliated Users: Marcella Bondie Keenan, Anna Wolf

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Climate Resilient and Equitable Water Systems Capital Scan

June 2017

The Kresge Foundation’s Environment Program has developed a strategy to address climate change impacts on water systems while prioritizing the needs of low-income communities. The report describes a set of integrated strategies for how grants and investments can best support climate-resilient and equitable water systems. Recommendations are focused on scaling up green infrastructure, water efficiency, and climate planning to address flooding, storm damage and drought impacts. 

Related Organizations: The Kresge Foundation

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Putting Green Infrastructure on Private Property in New York City

May 2017

This paper provides an overview of challenges faced by New York City based on existing stormwater management infrastructure and regulation. It also summarizes the City's green infrastructure goals and the benefits and costs expected from meeting these goals. The report then delves into the issue of using private property to house green infrastructure, including the difficulty of scaling up these installations and using public money to increase the volume of green infrastructure on private property.

Related Organizations: Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

Author or Affiliated User: Justin Gundlach

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Broward County, Florida Ordinance 2017-16 and Future Conditions Maps for Infrastructure Design

May 26, 2017

Pursuant to Broward County Ordinance 2017-16, Broward County, Florida is referring to new groundwater maps that display how sea-level rise and precipitation changes are expected to affect future groundwater levels in reviewing applications for surface water management (i. e. , drainage infrastructure) licenses required for certain development projects. Due to the porous limestone geology throughout much of Southeast Florida, saltwater intrusion and increasing groundwater table levels are an increasingly concerning effect of rising sea levels.

Related Organizations: Broward County Commission

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Field Guide to CSO+: A Strategy for Aligning Priorities and Tactics for Unlocking Resources

2017

The Field Guide to CSO+ is designed to inform communities who need to integrate solutions for combined sewer overflows (CSOs); specifically, is meant to help city/utility officials work with elected officials to address CSO mitigation. The guide is focused on how to pursue a project that addresses CSOs while simultaneously attending to other top city priorities, such as public housing or health, all with the goal of “creating win-wins and opening up nontraditional funding/financing options.

Related Organizations: re:focus partners

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Floodplain Buyouts: An Action Guide for Local Governments on How to Maximize Community Benefits, Habitat Connectivity, and Resilience

April 2017

This Action Guide is designed to support local decision makers in utilizing hazard mitigation buyouts to reduce flood hazards, while supporting habitat connectivity and resilience on these lands. The report describes the floodplain acquisition process, why to manage acquisitions to improve habitats, and how to leverage the potential ecological and social value of properties to improve climate resilience.

Related Organizations: Environmental Law Institute (ELI), University of North Carolina

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Implications of Climate Change for Rhode Island Wastewater Collection and Treatment Infrastructure

March 2017

This assessment for Rhode Island investigates how increasing storm intensities and flooding from climate change can impact wastewater treatment systems, including plants and pump stations throughout the state. The study presents the projected implications of climate change on Rhode Island’s nineteen public wastewater treatment facilities that are at risk of inundation, as by design they utilize low elevations, often in riverine or coastal floodplains. The RI Department of Environmental Management collaborated with the state’s Office of Housing and Community Development to evaluate these natural hazards, and begin integrating climate change considerations into wastewater system planning and design.

Related Organizations: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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The Cost and Affordability of Flood Insurance in New York City

2017

This RAND study examined how recent changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) would affect the affordability of insurance for homeowners and business in New York City. New floodplain maps in the city are expanding the number of homes and businesses that must carry flood insurance and increasing the rate of insurance for many structures.  Legal changes to the NFIP are also phasing in rate hikes for many insureds. Using flood vulnerable areas in New York City as the study area, this study examined how these changes in the NFIP would affect the affordability of flood insurance.

Related Organizations: RAND Corporation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lloyd Dixon, Noreen Clancy, Benjamin Miller, Sue Hoegberg, Michael M. Lewis, Bruce Bender, Samara Ebinger, Mel Hodges, Gayle M. Syck, Caroline Nagy, Scott R. Choquette

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Flood Protection Pay-Offs: A Local Government Guide to the Community Rating System

March 2017

This comprehensive guide to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) is compiled by Wetlands Watch. The NFIP CRS program provides flood insurance discounts, of up to 45%, to constituents within a localities where local governments pursue activities that mitigate flood risks. The guide is meant to help local governments determine which practices may earn credit under the CRS program, what adjustments they may need to make to receive credit, and if funding opportunities are available to assist local governments in meeting credit requirements.

Related Organizations: Wetlands Watch

Author or Affiliated User: Mary-Carson Stiff

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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