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A Post-Event Review of the October 2015 Floods in South Carolina: A Deep Dive into the Columbia and Charleston Event

October 11, 2016

Using the narrative of the October 2015 flood in South Carolina, this report focuses on how to better reduce risks, improve response activities, and be more strategic about planning for flood recovery. The report analyzes flooding in both Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina, drawing on interviews with impacted people and hard data on economic and physical impacts. The report recognizes that climate change will be an ongoing stress in the region, and offers lessons about planning for flood resilience, but does not focus specifically on climate impacts.

Related Organizations: Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET) - International

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kanmani Venkateswaran, Karen MacClune, Michael Szoenyi, Sierra Gladfelter

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National Equity Atlas

The National Equity Atlas, created by PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, is an online tool that allows users to find information on demographic changes, racial and economic inclusion, and potential economic gains from racial equity. Data is available for the largest 100 cities, 150 metropolitan regions, and all 50 states in the United States. While this resource does not address climate change, it can provide useful information to frame environmental justice and equity challenges that may be exacerbated by climate change.

Related Organizations: Policylink, University of Southern California Program for Environmental and Regional Equity

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Washtenaw County, Michigan Water Resources Commissioner Rules and Guidelines: Procedures and Design Criteria for Stormwater Management Systems

2014, Revised 2016

Michigan's Washtenaw County Water Resource Commissioner guidelines promote stream channel protection and stormwater management for flood control, and have been updated to address improved water quality and availability.  The guidelines outline the best management practices (BMPs) that should guide the design criteria for green infrastructure installations. The rules address when different BMPs are appropriate, how to design and build them (including calculations for runoff), how to test their effectiveness, and how to maintain them over time.

Related Organizations: Washtenaw County, Michigan Water Resources Commissioner

Author or Affiliated User: Evan N. Pratt

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100 Resilient Cities - Resilience in Action

October 17, 2016

Resilience in Action, subtitled Early Insights into How Cities are Institutionalizing Resilience, profiles three cities – New Orleans, USA; Melbourne, Australia; and Semarang, Indonesia – for their efforts to institutionalize and mainstream resilience. Each city is a member of 100 Resilience Cities (100RC), a non-profit and global urban resilience initiative developed by the Rockefeller Foundation. The report highlights replicable best practices and lessons learned, as examples for others to utilize in developing urban resilience practices.

Related Organizations: 100 Resilient Cities

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Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise Preparedness and Resilience Intergovernmental Pilot Project Phase 2 Report: Recommendations, Accomplishments and Lessons Learned

October 19, 2016

The Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise Preparedness and Resilience Intergovernmental Planning Pilot Project was a two-year project to develop an adaptive planning strategy for sea level rise and recurrent flooding - through the collaboration of academic, military, government, and community partners. The Pilot sought to develop resilience and preparedness measures at the regional level with emphasis on impacts to national security and the economy, and to create a framework or template for intergovernmental strategic planning that could be used outside the region.

Related Organizations: Old Dominion University, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

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FHWA's Risk-Based Asset Management Planning Rule

October 24, 2016

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued this final rule to implement new planning requirements established by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST). MAP-21 and FAST require state departments of transportation (DOTs) to transition to performance-based decision-making, a large part of which is the development of a risk-based asset management plan. The new requirements are intended to ensure that federal transportation funding is spent more wisely, with specific performance targets in mind and in consideration of the likely costs to construct, operate, and maintain transportation assets over their full lifetime.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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USFS Seedlot Selection Tool

October 26, 2016

The U.S. Forest Service, Oregon State University, and the Conservation Biology Institute have launched a free web-based decision-support tool to help natural resource managers match seedlots (seed collections from a known origin) with planting sites based on climatic information.

Related Organizations: Oregon State University, Conservation Biology Institute, U.S. Forest Service (USFS)

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City of Richmond, California Climate Action Plan and Climate Adaptation Study

October 26, 2016

The Richmond Climate Action Plan (CAP) describes how the City of Richmond, California will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for climate change impacts on its public health, infrastructure, ecosystems, and public spaces. The CAP also features health equity and climate justice as important aspects of its framework.

Related Organizations: City of Richmond, California

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FloodhelpNY.org

2016

The Center for NYC Neighborhoods and the Governor's Office of Storm Recovery in New York launched an $8 million resiliency program in New York City for low- and moderate-income homeowners in 2016. To support this program, they created a free interactive website which provides NYC homeowners with personalized information on flood risks and flood insurance rates. One goal of the program is to connect low- and middle-income homeowners with engineers in select coastal communities to provide resiliency audits so they can reduce their risk to future floods and lower their insurance rates.

Related Organizations: Center for NYC Neighborhoods

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EPA Environmental Justice 2020 Action Agenda

October 27, 2016

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Justice 2020 Action Agenda (EJ 2020) is the Agency’s environmental justice strategic plan for 2016 to 2020. The plan focuses on the environmental and public health issues for the nation’s minority, low-income, tribal and indigenous populations - and includes information on EPA’s climate justice initiatives. The goals of the agenda are to further integrate environmental justice considerations in all of the Agency’s programs; strengthen EPA’s collaboration with federal, state, tribal, community, and industry partners partners; and demonstrate progress on significant national challenges facing minority and low-income communities.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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