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President Obama's Climate Action Plan

June 25, 2013

"We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms." - President Obama, 2nd Inaugural Address, January 2013

Related Organizations: Executive Office of the President of the United States

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Connecticut Special Act 13-9: An Act Concerning Climate Change Adaptation and Data Collection

June 6, 2013

In 2013, the Connecticut legislature approved Special Act 13-9, ‘An Act Concerning Climate Change Adaptation and Data Collection,’ in which the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the University of Connecticut are charged with collecting climate data, monitoring requirements, and reporting guidelines on climate change adaptation in the state.

Related Organizations: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP), University of Connecticut

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Nebraska LB 583 - Provide duties for the Climate Assessment Response Committee

June 4, 2013

Approved by Governor Heineman on June 4, 2013, LB 583 is the first legislation to address climate change in Nebraska. The purpose of the law is to delineate the responsibilities of the Climate Assessment Response Committee. LB 583 requires the Committee to report to the Governor on the impacts of climate change on Nebraska and facilitate communication between stakeholders to address such impacts and response strategies.

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Executive Order 13653 - Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change

November 6, 2013

Signed by President Obama on November 6, 2013, E.O. 13653 was enacted “in order to prepare the Nation for the impacts of climate change by undertaking actions to enhance climate preparedness and resilience.”

Related Organizations: Executive Office of the President of the United States

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Dane County, Wisconsin 2014 Budget - climate adaptation funding for infrastructure

November 2013

The 2014 Dane County, Wisconsin executive budget proposal asked for nearly $1 million in funding for climate adaptation, including several transportation infrastructure improvements such as larger culverts for increased precipitation runoff. This is the first time that the Dane County Executive has included requests for climate adaptation funding in its budget. The County Board adopted the proposed budget in November 2013.

Related Organizations: Dane County, Wisconsin Climate Change Action Council

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Floodplain Management and the Endangered Species Act (A Model Ordinance)

November 2013

This model ordinance for floodplain management was developed by FEMA under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  It is a template that cities, counties and tribes can customize and adopt which allows land users to comply with the NFIP and the ESA. This model case is enacted for the State of Washington, to be implemented at the local level.

Related Organizations: State of Washington, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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Legal Issues in Floodplain Mapping to Reflect Climate Change

November 2013

This article addresses floodplain mapping to reflect climate change impacts such as flooding from sea level rise, reviews the legality of use of updated maps for land-use regulations, and cites court cases dealing with flood maps historically.  

Related Organizations: Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM)

Author or Affiliated User: John Kusler

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California AB 691 - State lands: granted trust lands: sea level rise

October 5, 2013

California Assembly Bill (AB) 691, authored by Assembly member Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), was signed by Governor Brown October 5, 2013. Effective January 1, 2014, this law will prepare California for the impacts of sea level rise by requiring holders of public trust lands to assess the impacts and report the results to the State Lands Commission.

Related Organizations: State of California

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Maryland Forest Preservation Act of 2013

October 1, 2013

In April 2013, the Maryland General Assembly passed the Forest Preservation Act of 2013 (HB 706, approved by Governor Martin O’Malley on May 2, 2013 and effective October 1, 2013), which seeks to stop forest loss in the state and maintain the state’s existing 40 percent tree canopy cover by instituting a “No Net Forest Loss” policy. Instead of using regulations or maintenance requirements to prevent forest loss, the Act utilizes new and modified incentives for private landowners to conserve and preserve forestland.

Related Organizations: State of Maryland

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Connecticut SB 1010 - An Act Concerning Sea Level Rise and the Funding of Projects by the Clean Water Fund (Public Act No. 13-15)

October 1, 2013

This Act amends the factors that the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) must consider when establishing the priority list and ranking system for making Clean Water Fund (CWF) grants and loans for eligible water quality projects. Specifically, the law requires the Commissioner to consider sea level rise and the necessity of implementing measures to mitigate its impact when establishing the priority list and ranking system to determine projects that will receive grants and loans from the Clean Water Fund.

Related Organizations: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP)

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