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New York Regulation - Part 490 - Projected Sea-Level Rise

February 2017

New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) finalized this regulation establishing statewide science-based sea-level rise projections for the three distinct coastal regions of the state: Mid-Hudson, New York City/Lower Hudson, and Long Island. The projections, which were required by the 2014 Community Risk and Resiliency Act (CRRA), will be used and considered by state agencies and applicants in state permitting and other decisionmaking processes, as required by CRRA.

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Avoiding Septic Shock: How Climate Change can cause Septic System Failure and Whether New England States are Prepared

February 2017

This white paper discusses climate change impacts on septic systems in New England, and whether states in the region are prepared for these impacts. The paper provides a state-by-state analysis of septic system regulations in New England and discusses how these regulatory frameworks are not fully considering climate change impacts, especially groundwater table rise. It also identifies challenges in septic system regulation, and suggests recommendations and best practices for how states and municipalities can work to change laws, amend rules, or adopt new policies or incentives to better construct, manage, and regulate septic systems to be resilient to climate change.

Author or Affiliated User: Elena Mihaly

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New York State Ocean Action Plan

January 23, 2017

New York Department of Environmental Conservation released a final Ocean Action Plan (OAP) for the state of New York - a ten-year action plan focused on improving ocean ecosystem health, and the ocean’s capacity to provide sustainable benefits to the state. One of the four primary goals included in the plan is to increase resilience to climate change impacts. The OAP will guide State government funding, research, management, and outreach and education choices. 

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Our Coast, Our Future

The Our Coast, Our Future (OCOF) project provides online maps and tools of local sea level rise and storm vulnerability within the San Francisco Bay Area, California. OCOF has modelled coastal impacts such as water levels, wave heights, flooding, and erosion; and mapping infrastructure and ecosystem vulnerabilities at scales relevant to planning and management. 

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Sea Level Rise Adaptation Guide - Virginia

This comprehensive, web-based guide from Wetlands Watch compiles sea level rise adaptation resources for local governments in coastal Virginia.  The guide includes numerous case studies, both from Virginia and other coastal communities of the United States. It also highlights funding opportunities, costs and benefits of different approaches to adaptation, flags adaptation approaches eligible for receiving credit through the National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System, and explores means of public engagement.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Mary-Carson Stiff, Ross Weaver

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Recommendation of Sea Level Rise Planning Scenarios for Delaware: Technical Report

2017

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) first developed Recommended Sea Level Rise Scenarios for Delaware in 2009.  In 2016-2017, a new Delaware Sea Level Rise Technical Committee was convened to update the scenarios based on the latest scientific research and modeling. Led by Delaware Geological Survey and DNREC Delaware Coastal Programs, the Committee and these sea-level rise (SLR) planning scenarios respond to 2013 Executive Order 41 - which requires Delaware state agencies to factor SLR into capital improvement projects and land use decisions, and for DNREC to periodically update SLR scenarios with the best scientific data available.

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Roadmap to Support Local Climate Resilience: Lessons from the Rising Tides Summit

December 2016

The World Resource Institute released a report discussing actions that the federal government can take to promote local resilience initiatives on December 15, 2016.  The report describes the federal actions that have been taken to promote state and local resilience initiatives by the Obama administration and describes ways that the new administration can build upon and enhance these efforts.  The report also includes case studies from around the country about ways that cities, states and tribal governments are preparing for the impacts of climate change.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Claiborne Tompkins, Nathan Cogswell

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment for the City of Tampa, Florida

December 12, 2016

The City of Tampa, Florida, with support from the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission, conducted this assessment to project sea level rise and flooding impacts for the region through 2040. A property damage assessment is included to quantify local economic impacts on the communities and critical infrastructure. The Planning Commission ultimately proposes that the City of Tampa make changes in its code to reflect sea level rise and flooding preparedness.

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Under Water: How Sea Level Rise Threatens the Tri-State Region

December 5, 2016

This report identifies the places in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut metropolitan area that are most at risk of being permanently flooded by sea level rise, and describes the effects of 1, 3 and 6 feet of sea level rise on neighborhoods, employment centers and infrastructure.

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The time to start is now: How implementing natural infrastructure solutions can improve and protect our coasts

2016

This article discusses the value of integrating natural coastal hazard defense solutions - beaches, dunes, reefs and mangroves for example - to manage climate impacts such as sea level rise, flooding, or generally, wave attenuation.  Natural infrastructure engineering guidelines that include performance evaluation are called for in order to begin to integrate these cost-effective methods into resilient coastal community planning.   

Author or Affiliated User: Shannon Cunniff

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