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California AB 2480: Source watersheds, financing

September 27, 2016

California Assembly Bill 2480 formally recognizes the state’s watersheds as water infrastructure. The law makes it possible to funnel infrastructure financing towards the restoration of five watersheds that feed Northern California’s primary reservoirs, along with the state’s traditional water infrastructure like dams, canals and levees. Watersheds - which include forests, meadows, streams and rivers - are cited for their significance as key water supply assets in the face of climate change.

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Looking Forward: Priorities for Managing Freshwater Resources in a Changing Climate - National Action Plan Update

November 2016

The federal Interagency Water Resources and Climate Change Workgroup National Action Plan Update addresses integrating climate resilience into water resource management. Looking Forward: Priorities for Managing Freshwater Resources in a Changing Climate reviews the highest priority actions that Workgroup member agencies are planning to address in the next several years. General recommendations and priority actions are outlined for the key areas of: Data and Research; Planning and Decision Support; Training and Outreach; and Management and Coordination.

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City of Chula Vista, California Water Stewardship Plan

November 2016

Chula Vista’s Water Stewardship Plan recommends strategies for sustaining the city's water supply, through water efficiency, recycling and diversification methods such as green infrastructure - while facing a growing population and increasing impacts of drought and climate change. Chula Vista is preparing for water scarcity as an extension of existing sustainability and climate adaptation efforts, recognizing the interdependence between climate change, energy, and water management.  The plan assesses current water use in Chula Vista and the city’s previous water stewardship policies and initiatives.

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A Greater LA: Climate Action Framework - Water

December 2016

The Water section of Los Angeles County, California's Climate Action Framework (A Greater LA) identifies climate change impacts on water resources in the Los Angeles County region, and regional-scale priorities for improving the reliability of the region's water supply under future conditions. The Framework, which also contains sections for four other sectors, was developed by the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC) to support more coordinated and collaborative regional policies relating to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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Water Research Foundation Climate Change Knowledge Portal

The Water Research Foundation has developed a website of “Knowledge Portals” on various topics relating to water resources and water utilities management - including climate change. The portal includes publications by the Foundation on climate impacts, vulnerability assessments, adaptation and mitigation in the water sector, and communication resources.

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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Wind River Reservation: Drought Risk and Adaptation in the Interior Report

2017

From the North Central Climate Science Center, this report looks at the social-ecological vulnerabilities, risks, and response capacities of the Wind River Indian Reservation (WRIR) to drought. The Center's Drought Risk and Adaptation in the Interior project relies on social-ecological systems frameworks to understand adaptation initiatives in the north central region of the U. S. This report discusses the results of drought risk interviews with tribal resource managers at WRIR, in order to inform drought preparedness planning and climate change adaptation efforts.

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DOI Secretarial Order No. 3343 - Drought and Climate Change, California's Water Supply

January 4, 2017

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell issued a Secretarial Order on January 4, 2017 directing the Department of the Interior and its bureaus to take action to address the effects of drought and climate change on California’s water supply and imperiled wildlife. The order supports the State’s goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and to protect, restore, and enhance the environmental quality of the Bay-Delta.

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California State Water Board - Resolution No. 2017 - Comprehensive Response to Climate Change

March 7, 2017

On March 7, 2017, California's State Water Resources Control Board adopted a resolution to integrate climate change comprehensively into its programs and decisionmaking, including drinking water regulation, water quality initiatives, and financial assistance. The resolution creates new requirements for divisions within the State Water Board that will help the agency achieve goals relating to adaptation, ecosystem resilience, water use and efficiency, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Chester, Pennsylvania Green Stormwater Infrastructure Plan and Community-Based Public-Private Partnership

June 2017

The City of Chester, Pennsylvania introduced the Chester City Green Stormwater Infrastructure Plan in 2017 as a means of addressing consistent stormwater pollution and overflow into the Delaware River, Chester Creek, and Ridley Creek watersheds. Chester’s combined sewer overflow (CSO) system often is overwhelmed during high rain and runoff events, which leads to increased flooding and water pollution and degradation of the river basin. The plan details Chester’s specific infrastructure needs, as well as the environmental and social benefits of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI). It also analyzes common GSI techniques including rain gardens, green roofs, stormwater planters, and porous pavements, and includes their typical cost. The plan then lists 20 potential sites within the City for GSI projects, guidance for first steps, suggestions for effective community engagement, and potential sources of both public and private funding. To fund the GSI projects, the City formed a community-based public-private partnership (CBP3), which is a different approach to financing stormwater management that expands on the traditional public-private partnership model by incorporating considerations of a community’s economic development needs. Coupled with its focus on green infrastructure as a primary means of stormwater management, this structure promotes not only improvements in water quality but in the community’s overall quality of life. The plan will also address equity through hiring local contractors for the infrastructure projects, training local workers to maintain projects, and creating new maintenance jobs for community members.

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Climate Resilient and Equitable Water Systems Capital Scan

June 2017

The Kresge Foundation’s Environment Program has developed a strategy to address climate change impacts on water systems while prioritizing the needs of low-income communities. The report describes a set of integrated strategies for how grants and investments can best support climate-resilient and equitable water systems. Recommendations are focused on scaling up green infrastructure, water efficiency, and climate planning to address flooding, storm damage and drought impacts. 

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