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We the People of Detroit Community Research Collective, Detroit, Michigan

August 2016

We the People of Detroit Community Research Collective (WPD CRC) is a collaboration among community activists, academics, researchers, and designers in Detroit, Michigan studying the impact of water insecurity, water policy, social equity, and health among local residents. The research process included (1) mapping the geographic impact of water policies on the city; (2) conducting a city-wide community survey to assess the health needs after a disaster; (3) a citizen science project to test the impact of water shutoffs on residential water quality; and (4) a story mapping project to support youth in telling individual and collective narratives about the impact of austerity on their community. The community based participatory research process has provided statistically significant data to demonstrate the impact of policy interventions on water insecurity and psychological distress among residents.  WPD CRC serves as an example of how community participatory research led by community-based organizations can effectively collect qualitative data from local communities and further apply to policy development. 

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Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project

The Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project (SERCAP) was established through funding from the U.S. Government’s Office of Economic Opportunity in the 1960s. The Project helps low-income rural communities in the mid-Atlantic and the Southeastern U.S. obtain water and wastewater infrastructure for running water, indoor plumbing, and wastewater treatment. Water utilities in these rural areas often lack funding to provide such infrastructure. Households that are not supplied with drinking water tend to rely on wells and septic tanks, which can get contaminated by pollution from agricultural activity and the lack of suitable wastewater treatment. SERCAP assists both individuals and municipalities, and its services include installing infrastructure, providing financing and loans, and offering technical support. In addition to providing services related to water, SERCAP also provides support on housing issues.

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Planning and Drought

January 2014

“Planning and Drought” (PAS Report No. 574) presents best practices and case studies in drought planning.   The report offers a comprehensive guide for citizens, planners, and communities to explore what drought is, how to track it, its impacts, and how planners and communities can prepare to mitigate its effects. This publication is the result of a partnership between the American Planning Association (APA), the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS).

Authors or Affiliated Users: James Schwab, Jeff Brislawn, Marilyn Hall, Cody Knutson, Marsha Prillwitz, Kelly Redmond, Mark Svoboda

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New Hampshire Drinking Water Climate Change Resilience Plan

October 2014

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services’ Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau (DWGB) developed this action plan to guide the Bureau’s activities in building resilience  to climate change impacts in community water systems across the state. The plan identifies examples of adaptation measures for community water systems as well as priority action items DWGB will take with regard to policies, operations, regulations, education/outreach, and technical assistance to help drinking water systems prepare for and respond to climate impacts.

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California Water Plan 2013 Update

October 2013

A five year effort by the California Department of Water Resources, the California Water Plan 2013 Update presents the status and trends of California's water-dependent natural resources; water supplies; and agricultural, urban, and environmental water demands for a range of plausible future scenarios. The California Water Plan also evaluates different combinations of regional and statewide resource management strategies to reduce water demand, increase water supply, reduce flood risk, improve water quality, and enhance environmental and resource stewardship.

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Getting Climate Smart: A Water Preparedness Guide for State Action

April 22, 2013

This state action guide was developed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and American Rivers to provide water managers and state governments with information to help comprehensively plan and prepare for the water-related impacts of climate change. The guide combines practical advice and real-world case studies while outlining a six-step planning process for state governments, water managers, and other stakeholders to develop and implement climate preparedness plans. 

Authors or Affiliated Users: Fay Augustyn, Ben Chou

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The Delta Plan

September 1, 2013

The Delta Stewardship Council was required by the 2009 Delta Reform Act to adopt and implement a comprehensive management plan for California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta by January 1, 2012. The Plan was developed to guide state and local agencies to help achieve the coequal goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The Delta Plan became effective with legally-enforceable regulations on September 1, 2013. The Delta Plan lays out 14 regulatory policies and 73 recommendations that start the process of addressing the current and predicted ecological, flood management, water quality, and water supply reliability challenges.

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Green Values - National Stormwater Management Calculator

The National Stormwater Management Calculator is one tool found in the “Green Values” Stormwater Toolbox developed by the Center for Neighborhood Technology. The National Green Values Calculator (GVC) is focused on stormwater run-off reduction, and is a tool for comparing the performance, costs, and benefits of green infrastructure, or Low Impact Development (LID), to conventional stormwater practices. The GVC is meant for a single site, or a campus of buildings contained on a single site.

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Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan

November 2013

The Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan focuses on the improved management of storm water, surface waters and groundwater in New Orleans, Louisiana, in response to flooding, land subsidence and “wasted water assets. ” The primary area of focus is 155 miles of urban areas and 69 square miles of protected wetlands in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard parishes. The plan discusses how climate change threatens to raise the frequency of extreme weather events, and rising sea levels. Considered along with land subsidence, residents and economic assets are at great risk - and pumping stormwater and keeping floodwaters out are both projected to become more difficult over time.

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EPA's National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change

December 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Water Program (NWP) 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change sets out long-term goals and specific actions for the EPA to prepare for, and build resilience to, the impacts of a changing climate on water resources. The core programmatic elements of this strategy include: Infrastructure; Watersheds and Wetlands; Coastal and Ocean Waters; Protecting Water Quality; and Working with Tribes.

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