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Tidewater Rising Resiliency Design Challenge

January 2016

Wetlands Watch, Hampton University, and Old Dominion University collaborated to develop flooding resiliency designs for Chesterfield Heights, a neighborhood in Norfolk, VA. The Norfolk region has been named the 10th most at risk from sea level rise of the world’s port cities by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. This design proposal emphasizes adaptation solutions that protect the region’s coastal ecosystems, as well as conducting flooding and sea level rise adaptation at the street and parcel level.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Skip Stiles, Mason Andrews, Mujde Erten-Unal

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National Sea Grant Resilience Toolkit

The National Sea Grant Resilience Toolkit is a public access site with hundreds of resources from Sea Grant institutions and partnerships.  These resources or tools are primarily short reports on coastal resilience best practices and projects conducted through Sea Grant programs. The “Tools” available on the site include: Decision Support Tools, Technical Assistance, Guides and Manuals, Training, Communities of Practice, Data and Assessments, and Legal Services.   “Legal Services” has sectoral legal information and reviews of common law tools from Sea Grant partners.

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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New Jersey Resilient Coastal Communities Initiative: Case Studies

2015

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Coastal Management Program developed the Resilient Coastal Communities Initiative (RCCI) to provide New Jersey’s coastal communities with climate impact assessments, adaptation planning assistance and technical support. The RCCI created a standardized vulnerability assessment tool as well as a self-assessment for municipalities to connect preparedness and planning to adaptation opportunities. The RCCI also provides policy, regulatory, and management recommendations for building resilience.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Financing at the Local Level in Florida

October 2015

This white paper addresses multiple existing potential sources of revenue that local governments could use to pay for sea-level rise (SLR) adaptation in Florida. Specifically, analysis is provided for the use of Ad Valorem Taxes, Special Assessments and Municipal Service Benefit Units, Local Option Tourist Development Tax, Stormwater and Drainage Fees, Bonds, and Special Districts as funding mechanisms.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Thomas Ruppert, Alex Stewart

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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NOAA 2014 State of Nuisance Flooding

September 9, 2015

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) 2014 State of Nuisance Tidal Flooding highlights nuisance flood frequencies during the 2014 meteorological year, May 2014 through April 2015, at 27 NOAA tide stations around the U.S. which have collected data for more than 50 years.

Authors or Affiliated Users: William Sweet, John Marra

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Louisiana Flood Risk and Resilience Viewer

Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) has launched a “Flood Risk and Resilience Viewer,” an online resource which displays information on coastal land change, flood risk, and impacts to communities. This innovative tool provides coastal residents with access to the state’s best information about how Louisiana’s coast may change in the future, as well as resources to make communities and properties safer.

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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From Tides to Storms: Preparing for New Hampshire's Future Coast - Assessing Risk and Vulnerability of Coastal Communities to Sea-Level Rise and Storm Surge

September 2015

Developed by the Rockingham Planning Commission, the Tides to Storms project worked with 7 coastal communities in New Hampshire (Seabrook, Hampton Falls, Hampton, North Hampton, Rye, New Castle, Portsmouth) to assess their vulnerability to flooding from storm surge and sea-level rise. A regional vulnerability assessment was developed, as well as an assessment report and map set were prepared for each of the seven coastal municipalities. Each assessment considers risks to roadways and supporting transportation infrastructure, critical facilities and infrastructure, and natural resources.

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Delaware Coastal Management Assistance Program

September 16, 2015

Delaware’s Coastal Management Assistance Program improves local capacity to conserve and manage coastal resources, and supports the integration of coastal management principals through local planning and implementation activities. The program provides special area management planning, assistance to state and local governments for local land use planning, and offers technical assistance to communities.

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Performance of Natural Infrastructure and Nature-based Measures as Coastal Risk Reduction Features

September 2015

This report from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) reviews the state of understanding of the coastal storm and sea level rise risk reduction capacity of various types of natural infrastructure. The summarized information was compiled from existing literature and participant input obtained during an expert workshop held in May 2015. 

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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NOAA Guidance for Considering the Use of Living Shorelines

October 28, 2015

The “Guidance for Considering the Use of Living Shorelines,” developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Living Shorelines Workgroup, represents an agency-wide effort to encourage the use of living shorelines as a shoreline stabilization technique along sheltered coasts. The report describes NOAA’s living shorelines guiding principles and how to navigate NOAA’s potential regulatory and programmatic roles in living shorelines project planning. This guidance also provides a conceptual framework of 12 questions to help NOAA and their partners when planning a shoreline stabilization effort.

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