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City of Del Mar, California Climate Action Plan

June 6, 2016

The City of Del Mar, California adopted a Climate Action Plan in June 2016.  The plan focuses on how the city is going to reach a goal of 100% renewable power by 2035, the plan also includes a chapter on adaptation (Chapter 4). The Adaptation Chapter lays out climate change projections that the city can anticipate: warmer temperatures, increased droughts, and more extreme weather events.  It then lays out specific adaptation strategies by sector and impact, including the following examples: Public health - restore natural areas to improve air and water quality; facilitate access to cooling centers; reduce urban heat islands with cool pavements and by increasing urban tree canopy; design buildings to reduce reliance on mechanical cooling and energy (e.

Related Organizations: City of Del Mar, California

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San Francisco Bay Clean Water, Pollution Prevention and Habitat Restoration Measure

June 7, 2016

The San Francisco Bay Clean Water, Pollution Prevention and Habitat Restoration Measure (Measure AA) is a $12-per-year parcel tax for the San Francisco Bay area of California - which passed with over 70% support in all nine Bay Area counties on the June 7, 2016.   The measure is anticipated to generate $500 million over 20 years - approximately $25 million annually for critical tidal marsh restoration projects around San Francisco Bay. Measure AA was the first parcel tax in the history of the state to be levied throughout an entire region encompassing multiple counties.

Related Organizations: San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority

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New Hampshire SB 376-FN: An Act relative to wildlife corridors

June 10, 2016

New Hampshire Senate Bill 376-FN requires the Fish and Game Department to identify existing and needed wildlife corridors connecting wildlife habitats in the state, and to make recommendations for legislative changes. SB 376 is designed to help improve wildlife corridors and thereby support wildlife resilience in light of climate change and development pressures.

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New Hampshire SB 452: State agencies required to prepare for coastal flooding

June 13, 2016

New Hampshire SB 452 entitled: “Requiring certain state agencies to conduct an audit of laws governing coastal regions to enable authorities to take appropriate actions” is designed to help the state identify needs for improving resilience to climate impacts in coastal communities and Great Bay regions.  

Related Organizations: State of New Hampshire

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FEMA, NOAA Draft Interagency Concept for Community Resilience Indicators and National-Level Measures

June 2016

The Draft Interagency Concept for Community Resilience Indicators and National-Level Measures paper seeks to identify a common framework for communities to assess their resilience using federal data. Published by the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group (MitFLG) - a federal workgroup led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - the report provides indicators aimed at helping local communities to gauge their own resilience capacity and federal agencies to determine the effectiveness of their actions.

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Maryland Coastal Resiliency Assessment

March 2016

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) partnered with The Nature Conservancy and Chesapeake and Coastal Services to conduct a Statewide Coastal Resiliency Assessment. The study identified areas where natural habitats provide the greatest potential hazard risk reduction hazards for Maryland’s coastal communities, and determined priority areas for coastal conservation and restoration activities. Habitats play a large role in risk reduction for coastal community resiliency in Maryland such as greatly reducing the impacts of climate impacted coastal hazards such as sea level rise and storm surge.

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NWF - Natural Defenses in Action: Harnessing Nature to Protect Our Communities

June 21, 2016

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) report, Natural Defenses in Action, discusses the role that nature-based approaches can play in reducing the impacts of weather and other climate-related hazards. The report contains 12 detailed case studies demonstrating how communities across the country are already successfully using nature-based infrastructure to protect against flooding, coastal storms, erosion, and wildfire. The report concludes that these nature-based approaches can be more cost-effective than traditional, man-made hazard-mitigation structures and measures, while offering additional environmental benefits.

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation

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Climate Change and Environmental Justice: Considerations for Transportation Decision-making

June 2016

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) produced this overview describing how the impacts of climate change in the transportation sector can disproportionately affect environmental justice (EJ) communities.  The report recommends considerations for transportation providers to ensure that climate adaptation measures do not exacerbate these impacts. The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) policy statement on climate change previously specified that USDOT will address inequalities and EJ issues related to climate change and adaptation efforts.

Related Organizations: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

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New York City Waterfront Revitalization Program

June 2016

In June 2016, New York City updated its local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) to require development and redevelopment projects to consider and mitigate against the risks posed by climate change and sea level rise.   The LWRP is the city’s policies for management, use, and development of waterfront properties and coastal resources pursuant to the state's Waterfront Revitalization of Coastal Areas and Inland Waterway Act (NY Executive Law § 910 et seq. (McKinney)) and the federal Coastal Zone Management Act.

Related Organizations: New York City Department of City Planning, City of New York, New York

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New York State Environmental Protection Fund – Local Waterfront Revitalization Program

On an annual basis, the Department of State solicits grant applications from local governments for 50/50 matching grants from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund's (EPF) Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP). The LWRP provides technical assistance, and matching grants on a reimbursement basis (under Title 11 of the EPF) to villages, towns, cities, and counties located along New York’s coasts or designated inland waterways, to prepare or implement strategies for community and waterfront revitalization.

Related Organizations: New York Department of State - Office of Planning and Development

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