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Implications of Climate Change for Rhode Island Wastewater Collection and Treatment Infrastructure

March 2017

This assessment for Rhode Island investigates how increasing storm intensities and flooding from climate change can impact wastewater treatment systems, including plants and pump stations throughout the state. The study presents the projected implications of climate change on Rhode Island’s nineteen public wastewater treatment facilities that are at risk of inundation, as by design they utilize low elevations, often in riverine or coastal floodplains. The RI Department of Environmental Management collaborated with the state’s Office of Housing and Community Development to evaluate these natural hazards, and begin integrating climate change considerations into wastewater system planning and design.

Related Organizations: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF)

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) is a federal-state partnership program that provides low-interest loans and other low-cost financing for water infrastructure projects for eleven project types, including: constructing municipal wastewater facilities; controlling nonpoint sources of pollution; building decentralized wastewater treatment systems; creating green infrastructure projects; and protecting estuaries.  Through the program, the EPA provides grants to all 50 states and Puerto Rico, with states matching 20 percent of the grants.

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

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Field Guide to CSO+: A Strategy for Aligning Priorities and Tactics for Unlocking Resources

2017

The Field Guide to CSO+ is designed to inform communities who need to integrate solutions for combined sewer overflows (CSOs); specifically, is meant to help city/utility officials work with elected officials to address CSO mitigation. The guide is focused on how to pursue a project that addresses CSOs while simultaneously attending to other top city priorities, such as public housing or health, all with the goal of “creating win-wins and opening up nontraditional funding/financing options.

Related Organizations: re:focus partners

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Regional Impacts of Climate Change and Issues for Stormwater Management

October 30, 2015

This report describes the stormwater management challenges that Southern Florida faces due to climate change and offers several recommendations for how these issues can be addressed. It discusses three basin scale strategies: Everglades restoration, adjusting regional water control practices, and small scale adaptation efforts. Local governments can also play a pivotal role by investing in green infrastructure and implementing financing strategies for stormwater management. This guidance document is one in a series of publications designed to assist county and municipal policymakers, administrators and program staff with implementation of the 110 recommendations contained within the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact’s 2012 Regional Climate Action Plan.

Related Organizations: Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, Institute for Sustainable Communities

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Town of Centreville, Maryland Ordinance 06-2012: To Develop a Stormwater Utility

February 21, 2013

On February 21, 2013 the Town of Centreville, Maryland approved Ordinance 06-2012 to develop a stormwater utility to finance the operation, construction, and maintenance of storm water devices, for stormwater planning, reviewing of development plans for compliance with stormwater management codes, and for protection of local waterways.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Green Infrastructure Primer: A Delaware Guide to Using Natural Systems in Urban, Rural, and Coastal Settings

January 2016

Delaware’s Green Infrastructure Primer, released in 2016, provides an overview of nature-based approaches that can mitigate stormwater runoff, flooding, erosion, and water and air pollution. The primer provides an introduction to green infrastructure, fact sheets regarding eight green infrastructure practices, three case studies showing examples of green infrastructure being used in Delaware, a discussion of larger-landscape-scale green infrastructure efforts, and suggested resources for more information.

Related Organizations: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement Act Grant Program

July 2015

The New York State (NYS) Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) and the NYS Department of Health announced in July 2015 that $50 million in water infrastructure grants are available to local governments for critical water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades. For State Fiscal Year 2015-2016, $30 million of the funding will be available for clean water (wastewater) projects with priority given to the projects that increase resiliency to sea level rise and extreme weather events. 

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

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Storm Lake, Iowa Green Infrastructure Plan for Water

April 2015

In 2014, the City of Storm Lake, Iowa was chosen for a pilot project by the Iowa Economic Development Authority to develop a plan for city-wide green infrastructure technology for improved urban water management - including storm, sanitary, and potable water solutions. This Plan is meant to serve as a case study and guidance document for green infrastructure planning in other communities. The Plan demonstrates a process that can be replicated and scaled to any size city.

Related Organizations: Iowa Economic Development Authority, City of Storm Lake, Iowa

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Santa Clara Valley Water District Climate Change Portal

This web portal allows users to search for reports and other technical literature on the subject of climate change. Although focused on the Santa Clara Valley in California, the portal draws from state, local, and national reports from across the country and is thus useful to state and local governments across the country. Users can search for reports based on topics (including adaptation), date, and keyword. There are also special links to reports and websites on sea-level rise, groundwater, and climate change.

Related Organizations: Santa Clara Valley Water District

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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The RainReady Approach: Linking Municipalities and Residents to Manage Urban Flooding with Distributed Green and Grey Infrastructure

2017

This paper presents approaches to residential flood mitigation through the RainReady program, developed by the non-profit Center for Neighborhood Technology. Urban flood mitigation programs may be designed in a number of ways, as illustrated by two case studies that each offer unique outcomes for flood risk analysis and reduction; community participation; and distributed stormwater infrastructure design.

Related Organizations: Center for Neighborhood Technology, RainReady

Authors or Affiliated Users: Marcella Bondie Keenan, Anna Wolf

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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