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Coastal GeoTools Conference Series

April 2, 2015

Coastal GeoTools provides a network for sharing technical information relevant to the nation's coastal programs. The Abstracts and Presentations from the most recent Coastal GeoTools Conference in 2015 is a database of conference materials, providing information on geospatial data, tools, technology, and information for coastal resource management professionals. 

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New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2015

March 31, 2015

Under the New York State (NYS) 2015 - 2016 budget agreement approved on March 31, 2015 by the state legislature and Governor Cuomo’s administration, $200 million will be allocated to the NYS Water Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2015 to assist municipalities in funding water quality infrastructure projects - some of which is earmarked for sea level rise resiliency projects. 

Related Organizations: New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, New York State Department of Health

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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DHS/FEMA FY 2015 Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program

March 25, 2015

The purpose of the FY 2015 Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program is to make grants available to assist state, local, territorial, and tribal governments in preparing for all hazards, as authorized by Section 662 of the Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act (6 U.S.C. § 762) and the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. §§ 5121 et seq.).

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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RE.invest - A Roadmap for Resilience

March 25, 2015

This report summarizes the outcomes of RE. invest, an 18-month predevelopment process with eight U. S. cities and teams of leading private sector design, engineering, law, and finance experts. The RE. invest Initiative focuses on infrastructure predevelopment - all of the activities that go into designing and planning large-scale infrastructure projects prior to construction. The framework is used to reimagine civic infrastructure systems to create both public value and private investment opportunities, especially for vulnerable communities.

Related Organizations: re:focus partners

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Virginia SB 1443: comprehensive plan sea-level rise strategies

March 16, 2015

In March 2015, Governor McAuliffe signed Virginia legislation (SB 1443) to require all localities  in the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission region to incorporate consideration of projected sea-level rise and recurrent flooding in updates to local comprehensive plans and to develop strategies to combat risks from sea-level rise, beginning July 1, 2015.  The law directs the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Department of Emergency Management, the Marine Resources Commission, Old Dominion University, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science to provide technical assistance to any locality in the region upon request.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Building Economic Resilience in the Kerr-Tarr Region (North Carolina): Recommendations for Linking Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies and Hazard Mitigation Plans

March 16, 2015

Developed for the Council of Governments for the Kerr-Tarr region of North Carolina, this report identifies ways to align the region’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and its hazard mitigation plans (HMPs), and to incorporate economic resilience into the CEDS. The report outlines the four essential elements of the CEDS and HMPs - planning process, risk assessment, mitigation strategy and plan maintenance - and demonstrates how they can inform each other.  The Kerr-Tar Regional COG covers North Carolina’s predominantly rural Region K, which includes Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance, and Warren Counties.

Related Organizations: Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments (North Carolina), National Association of Development Organizations (NADO), University of Louisville Kentucky, Center for Hazard Research and Policy Development

Resource Category: Planning

 

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USGS Precipitation Runoff Modeling System (PRMS)

March 15, 2015

The Precipitation Runoff Modeling System (PRMS) is a modular-design, deterministic, distributed-parameter modeling system developed to evaluate the impacts of various combinations of precipitation, climate, and land use on streamflow, sediment yields, and general basin hydrology.

Related Organizations: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Author or Affiliated User: Matt Cahillane

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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HB0514/SB0258 Maryland Commission on Climate Change

June 1, 2015

In May 2015, the Maryland legislature passed legislation (HB0514/SB0258) codifying the Maryland Commission on Climate Change.  The Commission is charged with advising the Governor and General Assembly on ways to mitigate the causes of, prepare for, and adapt to the consequences of climate change. The measure requires the Commission to establish specified working groups and for the Commission members and working group members to be appointed and the Commission to be convened on or before July 1, 2016.

Related Organizations: State of Maryland, University of Maryland

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Climate Change Risk Information Disclosure, Insurance, the Private Sector, and the Role of Government

June 2015

This white paper makes recommendations about how risks disclosures can be used by regulators to ensure that insurance is priced to consider future climate risks, and that insurance is sending accurate price signals about the need to adapt.

Related Organizations: University of North Carolina School of Law Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation and Resources (CLEAR), University of North Carolina, Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Victor B. Flatt

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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U.S. Clean Water Rule

June 1, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have finalized the Clean Water Rule, designed to protect and restore water sources nationwide. The rule will redevelop clear safeguards against unregulated pollution and destruction for nearly two million miles of streams and tens of millions of acres of wetlands in the continental U.S.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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