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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)

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Delaware Wildlife Action Plan 2015-2025

2015

In accordance with congressional requirements, Delaware’s Wildlife Action Plan provides an inventory of natural resources information and conservation programs in the state, lists the species of greatest conservation needs (SGCN), their key habitats, issues, research needs, and conservation actions. In keeping with Delaware’s Wildlife Action Plan published in 2006, this updated plan published in 2015 acknowledges climate change as a primary challenge to conserving the state’s wildlife population.

Related Organizations: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife

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Cumberland County, North Carolina, Climate Resiliency Plan

February 2016

The Cumberland County Climate Resiliency Plan outlines the priority climate impacts the County faces, observed and projected climate trends, and a Strategic Action Plan. The report presents existing climate and non-climate related conditions of concern; four climate risks that are currently serious threats to the County including heat waves, severe weather events, heavy precipitation events, and prolonged droughts; and the priority impacts associated with each climate risk. In 2015, the Model Forest Policy Program, the Cumberland River Compact, and Sustainable Sandhills worked together to facilitate a climate adaptation planning process and develop this Climate Resiliency Plan for Cumberland County, North Carolina.

Related Organizations: Model Forest Policy Program, Cumberland River Compact, Cumberland County, North Carolina

Author or Affiliated User: Alba Polonkey

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City of Boulder, Colorado Resilience Strategy

April 2016

The City of Boulder Resilience Strategy provides an overview of Boulder, Colorado’s resiliency accomplishments, as well as outlines current and future resiliency projects and goals. Development of this plan was supported by the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative.

Related Organizations: City of Boulder, Colorado, BoCo Strong, 100 Resilient Cities

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California State Wildlife Action Plan 2015 Update

February 2016

California’s 2015 State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP 2015) is a comprehensive, statewide plan for conserving the state’s fish and wildlife and their natural habitats. The Plan identifies and prioritizes at-risk species and habitats across the state, and provides conservation strategies to help protect and conserve these species. The first update of California’s 2005 SWAP integrates climate change impacts and adaptation planning. The updated SWAP analyzes the impacts of climate change on ecosystems, uses climate change vulnerability as a criterion for the most vulnerable target species, and offers conservation strategies that address impacts of climate change.

Related Organizations: California Department of Fish and Wildlife

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Adaptation Action Areas Guidebook: A Planning Guidebook for Florida's Local Government

August 2015

This Guidebook is designed for local governments of coastal communities in Florida interested in integrating Adaptation Action Areas (AAAs) into policy and operational frameworks. Adopted into the Florida Statute in 2011 through the Community Planning Act, an “Adaptation Action Area” is an optional designation within a local government comprehensive plan for areas that experience coastal flooding and sea-level rise - for the purpose of prioritizing funding for infrastructure needs and adaptation planning.

Related Organizations: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO)

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Safeguarding California: Public Health Sector Implementation Action Plan

March 2016

Safeguarding California: Implementation Action Plans is a series of progress reports, by sector, describing how the state government is responding to the recommendations from California’s climate adaptation plan -  2014 Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk, and implementing the adaptation strategies.

Related Organizations: California Department of Public Health

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Climate Change Adaptation for Pavements - FHWA TechBrief

August 2015

This Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) TechBrief summarizes potential impacts of climate change on asphalt and concrete pavement systems and adaptation strategies that transportation agencies might pursue to limit impacts on these systems. The brief indicates that most of the research to date on climate change implications for pavements has been general, but efforts have grown to integrate climate change considerations into pavement design and to predict performance of pavements based on climate scenarios.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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City of Tybee Island, Georgia, Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Plan

April 17, 2016

Tybee Island is a barrier island located 18 miles away from Savannah, Georgia - accessible only by a single causeway. The Tybee Island Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Plan identifies how more frequent coastal flooding and sea-level rise could impact low-lying infrastructure on the island; and provides a synthesis of the public engagement processes, technical research, and sea-level rise adaptation strategies.  The City of Tybee Island partnered with Georgia Sea Grant, the University of Georgia, and Stetson University to develop this sea-level rise adaptation plan.

Related Organizations: City of Tybee Island, Georgia

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jason M. Evans, Jill Gambill, Robin J. McDowell, P. Warwick Prichard, Charles S. Hopkinson

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USFS: Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the U.S.

January 2016

From the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), “Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the United States,” is a 200+ page report focusing on drought characterization; drought impacts on forest processes and disturbances such as insect outbreaks and wildfire; and consequences for forest and rangeland values.

Related Organizations: U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

Authors or Affiliated Users: James M. Vose, James S. Clark, Charlie H. Luce, Toral Patel-Weynand

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