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New Hampshire SB 376-FN: An Act relative to wildlife corridors

June 10, 2016

New Hampshire Senate Bill 376-FN requires the Fish and Game Department to identify existing and needed wildlife corridors connecting wildlife habitats in the state, and to make recommendations for legislative changes. SB 376 is designed to help improve wildlife corridors and thereby support wildlife resilience in light of climate change and development pressures.

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San Francisco Bay Clean Water, Pollution Prevention and Habitat Restoration Measure

June 7, 2016

The San Francisco Bay Clean Water, Pollution Prevention and Habitat Restoration Measure (Measure AA) is a $12-per-year parcel tax for the San Francisco Bay area of California - which passed with over 70% support in all nine Bay Area counties on the June 7, 2016.   The measure is anticipated to generate $500 million over 20 years - approximately $25 million annually for critical tidal marsh restoration projects around San Francisco Bay. Measure AA was the first parcel tax in the history of the state to be levied throughout an entire region encompassing multiple counties.

Related Organizations: San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority

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New Hampshire SB 374: Requiring the Department of Environmental Services to update coastal flooding trends

May 20, 2016

New Hampshire Senate Bill 374, effective July 19, 2016, requires the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Service (DES) to convene a multi-agency group to update and summarize coastal flooding trends every five years, based on sea-level rise, extreme precipitation and storm surge projections.

Related Organizations: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, State of New Hampshire

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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)

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CA Executive Order B-37-16: Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life

May 9, 2016

B-37-16 “Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life” is an executive order that builds on temporary statewide emergency water restrictions set forth by Governor Brown and the State Water Resources Control Board in 2015, to establish longer-term water conservation measures for California. In response to the extreme and persistent drought conditions along with warmer weather and reduced snowpack expected for the state, the 2016 executive order directs permanent changes to: use water more wisely, eliminate water waste, strengthen local drought resistance, and improve agricultural water use efficiency and drought planning.

Related Organizations: State of California, California Department of Water Resources

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Memorandum for Executive Departments and Agencies: Strengthening Climate Adaptation Planning in Fiscal Year 2016 and Beyond

April 29, 2016

This memorandum was administered by Shaun Donovan, the Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB); and Christy Goldfuss, the Managing Director of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance on the process for strategically strengthening Federal agency climate adaptation planning through annual, in-person progress reviews, which began in 2016. The progress reviews established by this memorandum aim to “maintain the Federal Government's focus on planning for the effects of climate change on agency missions, programs, and responsibilities, and continually improving Agency Climate Adaptation Plans as new information, data, tools, and policies are developed.

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

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Connecticut Executive Order No. 53 - Building code standards for extreme weather

April 22, 2016

Connecticut EO 53 directs state agencies to develop new building code standards that will  strengthen building codes to better protect residential and commercial structures from damage caused by flooding and high winds that accompany extreme weather. 

Related Organizations: State of Connecticut

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Virginia Shoreline Resiliency Fund

April 20, 2016

In 2016, the Commonwealth of Virginia established the Virginia Shoreline Resiliency Fund (Virginia Code § 10.1-603.25), a revolving loan fund for local governments to "help residents and businesses that are subject to recurrent flooding as confirmed by a locality-certified floodplain manager." The fund is administered by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. 

Related Organizations: State of Virginia

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A Primer on Disaster and Emergency Appropriations

March 2, 2016

This issue brief from the Heritage Foundation explains three classifications of disaster and emergency spending including “regular appropriations,” “disaster designated appropriations,” and “emergency supplemental appropriations. ” The paper argues that most events should be funded through regular appropriations. Additionally, Congress should establish higher thresholds for disasters so that funding is reserved for major events. This document does not directly address climate adaptation, but this resource is included in the Clearinghouse because disaster policy will be critical to the nation's ability to respond to climate change since climate will increase the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events and is likely to increase disaster costs.

Related Organizations: The Heritage Foundation

Author or Affiliated User: Justin Bogie

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Regional Governance for Climate Action

February 5, 2016

The Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) is producing a guidance series on building regional climate resilience. This document explores strategies from 12 regional collaboratives to build or expand governance structures for regional climate action. The report details the benefits of regional governance; “promising practices” for building good governance; the various forms a regional collaborative can take; and how the goals, strategy, and stakeholders can determine the collaborative’s structure and membership.

Related Organizations: Institute for Sustainable Communities

Author or Affiliated User: Michael McCormick

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