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Flowing Foward: Freshwater ecosystem adaptation to climate change in water resources management and biodiversity conservation

August 2010

At the request of the World Bank the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) developed this report to provide guiding principles, processes, and methodologies for incorporating climate change impacts into analytical framework for evaluating water sector projects, with a particular emphasis on impacts on freshwater ecosystems. It was developed for use by the World Bank, however, much of the content is valuable for U.S. resource managers as well.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Tom Le Quesne, John H. Matthews, Constantin Von der Heyden, A.J. Wickel, Rob Wilby, Joerg Hartmann, Guy Pegram, Elizabeth Kistin, Geoffrey Blate, Glauco Kimura de Freitas, Eliot Levine, Carla Guthrie, Catherine McSweeney, Nikolai Sindorf

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Plan for the 21st Century - New Orleans 2030 (City of New Orleans, Louisiana Master Plan)

August 12, 2010

New Orleans, Louisiana’s “Plan for the 21st Century,” also referred to as the Master Plan, is a City Charter-mandated planning framework for New Orleans’ physical, social, environmental, and economic future. Sponsored by the City Planning Commission, the Master Plan is New Orleans' primary policy and planning document, intended to guide the city’s growth for the next 20 years. The Master Plan has proposed climate adaptation related measures represented across many sectors, and contains a chapter dedicated to Green Infrastructure, and another to Resilience.

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AJR 26: California requests Congress to support climate adaptation

August 30, 2010

The California Assembly Joint Resolution 26, Chapter No. 114, was enacted August 30, 2010.  The resolution requests for Congress to establish a comprehensive framework, including funding, for adapting the nation's wildlife, habitats, coasts, watersheds, rivers, and other natural resources and ecosystems to the impacts of climate change. 

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National Park Service Climate Change Response Strategy

September 2010

The National Park Service (NPS) preserves more than 84 million acres within the National Park System. Global climate change threatens the integrity of all national parks, and challenges the NPS mission to leave park resources unimpaired for future generations.

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New York City Green Infrastructure Plan - A Sustainable Strategy for Clean Waterways

September 2010

This plan provides a detailed framework and implementation plan for better water quality in New York Harbor with the aim of creating a livable and sustainable New York City. Targeting combined sewer overflow reduction strategies and investments over the next 20 years, it is intended to be an adaptive management strategy and an iterative, flexible decision-making process where incremental measures are continually evaluated and rejected or improved. The city believes this process produces better decisions about investments and overall resource allocation to achieve water quality objectives.

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Guam Coastal Management Program - Section 309 Assessments and Strategy 2011 - 2015

September 2010

The Guam Coastal Management Program (GCMP) completed assessment and strategy documents in 1991, 1997, 2001, and 2006. This 2010 update provides an opportunity to review the program's accomplishments as well as its strategy for handling new challenges and changing scenarios facing Guam. This update also reflects changes that are based on the single biggest event to happen on Guam since World War II: a massive Department of Defense buildup.

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Rising to the Urgent Challenge: Strategic Plan for Responding to Accelerating Climate Change (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

September 2010

This Strategic Plan by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) serves two primary purposes. First, it provides a vision for the agency to accomplish their mission to “work with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people” in the face of accelerating climate change. Second, it provides direction for the organization and its employees; defining the role of the agency within the context of the Department of the Interior and the larger conservation community as it pertains to climate change and conservation.

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Evaluation of Energy Conservation Measures for Wastewater Treatment Facilities

September 2010

This report, published by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), aims to encourage the implementation of energy conservation measures (ECMs) at publicly owned wastewater treatment works (POTWs) by providing accurate performance and cost/benefit information. The report’s focus is mainly on energy efficient equipment replacement, operational modifications, and process control enhancements that lead to improved energy efficiency and cost savings with reasonable payback periods (10 years or less).

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Charting New Waters: A Call to Action to Address U.S. Freshwater Challenges

September 2010

Based upon freshwater forums in the proceeding year, The Johnson Foundation Freshwater Summit was held June 9, 2010, at which leaders from business, non-governmental organizations, agriculture, academia, government, foundations and communities convened to develop a set of consensus recommendations to address U.S. freshwater challenges.

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Virginia Special Places in Peril: Jamestown, Chincoteague, and Shenandoah Threatened by Climate Disruption

September 2010

This report examines, in detail, the threats that climate change presents to Jamestown, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, and Shenandoah National Park. For each of these impacts, the report identifies the potential economic losses that could result from the loss of ecosystems and tourism. The authors provide downscaled information about climate threats, including projected temperature increases for each of the three sites. Additionally, the report characterizes the threat sea-level rise and erosion pose to Jamestown and Chincoteague.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Stephen Saunders, Tom Easley, Theo Spencer

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