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New Hampshire Senate Bill 163: Establishing a commission to recommend legislation to prepare for projected sea level rise and other coastal and coastal watershed hazards

July 2, 2013

Senate Bill 163 establishes a Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission for the State of New Hampshire.  The commission is directed to recommend future legislation in order for coastal communities and the state to better prepare for rising sea levels and other weather-related hazards.

Related Organizations: State of New Hampshire

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America's Water Risk: Water Stress and Climate Variability

February 2013

With the support of Veolia Water, this study was conducted by Columbia University’s Water Center, examining the nation's water supply, and how climate could affect vulnerability to short and long term droughts.

Related Organizations: Columbia University

Authors or Affiliated Users: Daniel Shi, Naresh Devineni, Upmanu Lall, Edwin Piñero

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Assessing Vulnerability and Risk of Climate Change Effects on Transportation Infrastructure: Hampton Roads Virginia FHWA Pilot

2012

This report assesses the anticipated impacts of climate change on transportation infrastructure in the Hampton Roads region, and is a demonstration of the approach utilized to do so. In this region of Virginia, climate impacts - such as sea level rise - are already underway in many of the low-lying communities. This area also is experiencing significant land subsidence (sinking), making it even more vulnerable to sea level rise and resulting floods than some other coastal locations. The region's proximity to the coast makes it particularly susceptible to tropical storms, hurricanes, and tornadoes that can result in turn.

Related Organizations: Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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Living Shorelines: From Barriers to Opportunities

June 18, 2015

A report from Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE), “Living Shorelines: From Barriers to Opportunities,” provides a national assessment of institutional barriers that are preventing broader use of living shorelines, and gives recommendations and strategies for progress. 

Related Organizations: Restore America’s Estuaries

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program (U.S. DOI)

June 16, 2015

The U. S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is directing the Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program. The FY 2015 President's Budget request included funding to establish a new "Resilient Landscapes" activity to improve the integrity and resilience of forests and rangelands by restoring natural vegetation landscapes to specific conditions and maintain fire resiliency. Subsequently, as a pilot initiative, Congress provided $10 million in the FY2015 Fuels Management program to fund resilient landscape activities.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Park Service (NPS)

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Green Streets, Green Towns, Green Jobs Grant Initiative

June 16, 2015

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Chesapeake Bay Trust, in partnership with Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources, announced $727,500 in 2015 grants to be awarded to 15 organizations through the Green Streets, Green Towns, Green Jobs Grant Initiative (G3 Grant Program). The G3 program was piloted in the Chesapeake Bay area in 2011 to encourage local jurisdictions to use “green” techniques when pursuing necessary “gray” infrastructure projects.  Its purpose is to improve local, grassroots-level greening efforts by towns and communities in urbanized watersheds that reduce stormwater runoff through the creation of “green streets,” the increase in urban green spaces, and the reduction of impervious surfaces.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Chesapeake Bay Trust, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Chicago Zoning Ordinance 17-4-1015 Green Roofs Incentives

2015

Chicago’s zoning code awards a Floor-Area Ratio (FAR) bonus for green roofs that cover more than 50 percent of the roof area. The FAR is available for buildings in downtown mixed-use districts. This type of incentive does not cost the municipality any additional money beyond a small amount of staff time to assess the plans and grant the FAR bonus. For new buildings, developers can make more money by being able to build more square footage on the same plot, and the city gets more square footage of green roofs without large expense.

Related Organizations: City of Chicago, Illinois

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Army Corps North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study – Main Report

January 2015

This US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) study, released in January 2015, assesses flood risk from coastal storms for the North Atlantic coast from Virginia to Maine – the states and communities affected by Hurricane Sandy – and recommends strategies for reducing those flood risks. The study was designed to help Sandy-affected states and communities better understand how flood risks will change as a result of climate change and sea-level rise.   It captures the latest scientific information on sea-level rise, and provides state, local, and tribal governments with tools to help them prepare for changing flood risks and apply the lessons learned from the study.

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Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise Preparedness and Resilience Intergovernmental Planning Pilot Project

June 2014

The Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise Preparedness and Resilience Intergovernmental Planning Pilot Project is a two-year project to develop adaptive planning for sea level rise by combining the efforts of federal, state and local agencies with private industries and researchers. The Pilot Project was established to take a “whole of government” approach to coordinating the preparedness and resilience planning of the Federal, Commonwealth agencies and Local governments in Hampton Roads. The goal, upon completion of the Pilot Project in 2016, is that Hampton Roads will have in place intergovernmental planning organizational arrangements and procedures that can effectively coordinate sea level rise preparedness and resilience planning.

Related Organizations: Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, Old Dominion University

Resource Category: Planning

 

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