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New York Tidal Wetlands Guidance Document

November 22, 2017

From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), this document offers guidance on permitting requirements for public or private living shorelines projects in the Marine and Coastal District Waters of New York (Lower Hudson River to the tip of Long Island).  Intended for permitting staff, design professionals, and property owners, this guidance encourages living shorelines over other hardening approaches for flood and erosion control and promotes consistent permit determination for living shoreline projects.

Related Organizations: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

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Rhode Island Coastal Setbacks and Coastal Buffer Zones

November 29, 2017

Rhode Island, under the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), mandates erosion-oriented setbacks and Coastal Buffer Zones (Rhode Island Administrative Code 650 20-00-1. 1, Adopted November 2017). The Rhode Island CRMC is the state’s regulatory coastal management agency. These regulations better protect structures and conserve important coastal ecosystems by determining setbacks and buffers based on accelerating rates of sea-level rise and erosion. Setbacks are based on average annual rates of erosion as measured on localized, property-scale maps.

Related Organizations: Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council

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Alaska Order 289: Climate Change Strategy, Climate Action Leadership Team

October 31, 2017

Alaska Governor Bill Walker issued an administrative order establishing an Alaska Climate Change Strategy, and a Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team to advise on adaptation, mitigation, and other actions to help safeguard Alaska from climate impacts. The order aims to build on previous efforts and recommendations of the state relating to climate research and policy.

Related Organizations: State of Alaska

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California AB 733 - Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts for Climate Adaptation

October 11, 2017

The California legislature passed AB 733 specifically authorizing the creation of enhanced infrastructure financing districts for climate change adaptation projects, and the legislation was signed into law by Governor Brown on October 11, 2017.

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California SB 667 - Department of Water Resources: riverine and riparian stewardship improvements

October 6, 2017

SB 667 updates the California Water Code requiring the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to establish a program to implement watershed-based riverine and riparian stewardship improvements through technical and financial assistance. The program will support projects that “reduce flood risk, restore and enhance fish populations and habitat, improve water quality, achieve climate change benefits, and in general ensure resilient ecological function within areas that include, but are not limited to, urban or urbanizing areas of the state.

Related Organizations: California Department of Water Resources

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Rhode Island H 5042/S 1005 2017: Flooding and Sea Level Rise Training for Municipal Planning Boards and Commissions

September 27, 2017

Rhode Island has approved legislation that requires all members of local planning boards and commissions to participate in a training program on the impacts of flooding and sea level rise to the state. One of the priorities is to help ensure that local decision makers can calculate the effects of sea level rise and flooding on development and land use in flood plains. The training is a free two-hour course required once every two years, for both coastal and inland municipalities - as flooding is expected on inland rivers and waterways as sea level rises as well.

Related Organizations: State of Rhode Island

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Rhode Island E.O. 17-10: Action Plan to Stand up To Climate Change

September 15, 2017

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed Executive Order 17-10 on September 15, 2017 to establish a Chief Resilience Officer who will work collaboratively with partners to develop a statewide “Action Plan to Stand Up to Climate Change” by July 1, 2018. The Order recognizes that Rhode Island and its 400 miles of coastline is highly vulnerable to climate change, particularly risks related to warmer weather and waters, sea level rise, more intense storms, and flooding.

Related Organizations: State of Rhode Island

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New Hampshire Coastal Resilience Incentive Zone Program for Municipalities

September 3, 2017

In 2017, New Hampshire passed a new law, New Hampshire Revised Statutes § 79-E:4-a, that enables municipalities to create a tax incentive program to encourage resiliency in coastal areas. Municipalities can establish “Coastal Resilience Incentive Zones” (CRIZ) in their jurisdictions to grant property owners tax relief for undertaking “resilience measures” for qualified properties or structures identified as impacted by storm surge, sea-level rise, or extreme precipitation projections.

Related Organizations: State of New Hampshire

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California General Plan Guidelines

August 2017

The California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) has completed the first comprehensive update to the State General Plan Guidelines since 2003. The Guidelines are for the preparation and content of general plans for all cities and counties in California. The 2017 version includes legislative changes, new guidance, policy recommendations, and the requirement to incorporate climate change into community planning.

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Colorado Executive Order 2017-015: Supporting Colorado’s Clean Energy Transition

July 11, 2017

On July 11, 2017, Governor John Hickenlooper signed Executive Order 2017-015 to support Colorado’s transition to clean energy. Recognizing that clean air is one of Colorado’s essential resources, the executive order establishes goals related to increasing energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions in the state, calling for appropriate agencies to work with “any interested electric utilities or cooperatives. " Although primarily focused on climate mitigation efforts, the executive order is noteworthy for adaptation because it calls for state agencies to partner with municipalities to more closely collaborate and further local resiliency.

Related Organizations: State of Colorado

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