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Climate Change Adaptation through Local Comprehensive Planning: Guidance for Puget Sound Communities

February 2017

This guidance was developed to support local government decision-makers, planners and community members in the Puget Sound region of Washington to better understand the implications of climate change in the area, and to further climate adaptation planning.  The report includes detail on the projected climate change impacts for the region, and guidance on incorporating climate impacts and adaptation planning into local comprehensive plans. The report uses the Washington State Comprehensive Plan requirements under the Growth Management Act to inform the adoption of climate adaptation solutions within local planning elements.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lara J. Hansen, Stacey Nordgren, Eric Mielbrecht

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Sabin Center for Climate Change Law Deregulation Tracker

2017

The Columbia Law School Sabin Center for Climate Change Law offers an online “Deregulation Tracker” to monitor efforts undertaken by the Trump administration and Congress to scale back or eliminate federal climate mitigation and adaptation measures. The new tracker is linked to the Center’s Climate Regulation Tracker - a database of regulations and other efforts undertaken by federal agencies to address climate change. 

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Updates to the Demographic and Spatial Allocation Models to Produce Integrated Climate and Land Use Scenarios (ICLUS Version 2)

2017

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s modeling tool, Integrated Climate and Land Use Scenarios (ICLUS) supports land use and change modeling based on nationwide modeled population, residential development, and impervious surface cover changes by decade to the year 2100. The second version (v2) of ICLUS released in 2017 includes updated population and land use data sets, and addresses limitations identified in ICLUS v1 in both the migration and spatial allocation models. The EPA suggests that improvements in ICLUS v2 facilitate the analysis of scenarios of climate change impacts, vulnerability, and adaptation options - including the use of ICLUS v2 outputs in models projecting emissions from developed land uses to determine consequences for water and air quality endpoints, as well as human health.

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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for the Upper Snake River Watershed Tribes

February 2017

The Upper Snake River Tribes include the Burns Paiute Tribe, Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation, and Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation that together are represented by the Upper Snake River Tribes (USRT) Foundation. The USRT assessment focused on climate change vulnerabilities of their reservations in the 97,000 acre watershed in the Great Basin region - primarily in Idaho, with reservation lands extending into southwest Oregon and northeastern Nevada.

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Avoiding Septic Shock: How Climate Change can cause Septic System Failure and Whether New England States are Prepared

February 2017

This white paper discusses climate change impacts on septic systems in New England, and whether states in the region are prepared for these impacts. The paper provides a state-by-state analysis of septic system regulations in New England and discusses how these regulatory frameworks are not fully considering climate change impacts, especially groundwater table rise. It also identifies challenges in septic system regulation, and suggests recommendations and best practices for how states and municipalities can work to change laws, amend rules, or adopt new policies or incentives to better construct, manage, and regulate septic systems to be resilient to climate change.

Author or Affiliated User: Elena Mihaly

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Oregon Climate and Health Resilience Plan

February 2, 2017

The 2017 Oregon Climate and Health Resilience Plan outlines a set of recommendations for the state’s Public Health Division, local and tribal health departments, and community partners. While past reporting on climate and health in Oregon focused on impacts and specifically vulnerable and frontline communities in the state, this plan looks more to existing community assets, resources, and networks to support climate adaptation planning. The plan outlines a set of actions that the public health workforce specifically can take to adapt to climate change.

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New York Regulation - Part 490 - Projected Sea-Level Rise

February 2017

New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) finalized this regulation establishing statewide science-based sea-level rise projections for the three distinct coastal regions of the state: Mid-Hudson, New York City/Lower Hudson, and Long Island. The projections, which were required by the 2014 Community Risk and Resiliency Act (CRRA), will be used and considered by state agencies and applicants in state permitting and other decisionmaking processes, as required by CRRA.

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California Transformative Climate Communities Program

February 9, 2017

California Assembly Bill 2722 established the Transformative Climate Communities Program, to be administered by the Strategic Growth Council (SGC). The forthcoming Program will accelerate greenhouse gas reduction and advance local climate action in disadvantaged communities through an integrated, community-based approach. The Program intends to help realize the State’s vision of “Vibrant Communities and Landscapes,” demonstrating how meaningful community engagement coupled with strategic investments in transportation, housing, food, energy, natural resources, and waste can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution, while also addressing growing equity issues and enhancing economic opportunity and community resilience.

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Resilient Communities Program (NFWF)

February 13, 2017

Wells Fargo and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) launched the Resilient Communities Program in 2017 to help communities plan for and implement resiliency projects, support green infrastructure, and invest in natural ecosystems. Grants will be offered once a year to support priority projects in states and communities associated with Wells Fargo operations. This four-year initiative is supported through a $10 million contribution from Wells Fargo meant to leverage other private and public funds with an expected total investment of more than $20 million.

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Surging Seas - FEMA NFIP Community Rating System Guide

February 13, 2017

Surging Seas is a suite of free public web tools for sea level rise and coastal flood analysis from Climate Central.  Climate Central has identified many ways the Surging Seas web tool could be used with FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)’s Community Rating System (CRS).  CRS is a voluntary insurance rating program that recognizes communities for implementing floodplain management practices that exceed the Federal minimum requirements of the NFIP. In exchange for flood risk reduction, policyholders can receive reduced flood insurance premiums.

Author or Affiliated User: Daniel Rizza

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