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Climate Ready Estuaries 2012 Progress Report

January 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Climate Ready Estuaries (CRE) program supports climate change adaptation activities in the National Estuary Programs (NEPs) and the coastal management community. In 2008–2011, CRE sponsored 31 projects with 19 different NEPs. In 2012, CRE supported another 6  projects, including work with 4 new NEPs.

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Guidance for New York Rising Community Reconstruction Plans

2013

The New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program has been established to provide additional rebuilding and revitalization assistance to communities severely damaged by Hurricanes Sandy and Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

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International Bridge, Tunnel, and Turnpike Association Forum on Super Storm Sandy: Adaptation and Resilience

January 2013

The International Bridge, Tunnel, and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) hosted a workshop in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy where agency officials shared strategies for operations and emergency management during extreme weather events. At the “Forum on Super Storm Sandy: Adaptation and Resilience” (Forum), agency officials who had been on the front lines of the response and recovery effort discussed lessons-learned with one another and with Florida state officials. The Forum was designed to engage transportation and tolling officials in “building adaptive solutions to climate change.

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NYS 2100 Commission Recommendations to Improve the Strength and Resilience of the Empire State's Infrastructure

January 11, 2013

On November 15, 2012, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo convened the NYS 2100 Commission in response to the recent severe weather events such as Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee, asking the Commission to examine and evaluate key vulnerabilities in the State’s critical infrastructure systems, and to recommend actions that should be taken to strengthen and improve the resilience of those systems.

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Recurrent Flooding Study for Tidewater Virginia – Transportation Impacts

January 14, 2013

This study makes projections for recurrent flooding in coastal Virginia, outlines the predicted impacts on transportation infrastructure, and offers planning and implementation activities to reduce risks to coastal infrastructure. The report provides an overview of available adaptation strategies for recurrent flooding, reviews their implementation around the world, and identifies specific strategies appropriate for Virginia.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Molly Mitchell, Carl Hershner, Julie Herman, Dan Schatt, Pam Mason, Emily Eggington

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VIMS Recurrent Flooding Study for Tidewater Virginia

January 14, 2013

In March 2012, the Virginia Legislature passed House Joint Resolution No. 50, which directed the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) to study the impacts of recurrent flooding in Tidewater and the Eastern Shore, and to identify adaptation strategies. The Recurrent Flooding Study makes projections for recurrent flooding due to sea-level rise, storm surge, and heavy rainfall, addressing all localities in Virginia's coastal zone.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Molly Mitchell, Carl Hershner, Julie Herman, Dan Schatt, Pam Mason, Emily Eggington

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Connecticut Shoreline Preservation Task Force Report

Janaury 14, 2013

Connecticut’s Shoreline Preservation Task Force was formed in February 2012 to address the impact of climate change on shoreline communities, and specifically to make legislative recommendations to manage storm impacts on shoreline homeowners and businesses.

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Baltimore Climate Action Plan (Maryland)

January 15, 2013

The City of Baltimore, Maryland's Climate Action Plan (CAP), was developed by the Office of Sustainability with the primary goal of reducing Baltimore’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, while thoroughly integrating adaptation measures. The plan involved the creation of a 22 member Climate Action Plan Advisory Committee, as well as working groups for Building Energy, Land Use & Transportation, Growing a Green City, and Adaptation.

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Sandy Disaster Relief Appropriations Act

January 29, 2013

The Sandy Disaster Relief Appropriations Act appropriates $50. 7 billion to reimburse state and local governments for the costs of emergency response and for long-term recovery from the storm. Division B of the Act, entitled the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013, includes provisions amending the statute that governs federal disaster relief - the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act).   The amendments are designed to streamline the administration of disaster relief funding.

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Wildlife in a Warming World: Confronting the Climate Crisis

January 30, 2013

From the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Wildlife in a Warming World examines case studies from across the country illustrating how climate change is altering wildlife habitats and contributing to population declines. Recommendations are made to protect both wildlife and communities in various ecosystems from the impacts of climate change, such as extreme weather, sea level rise and wildfires.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Amanda Staudt, Corey Shott, Douglass B. Inkley, Isabel Ricker

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