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Waterfronts of Portland and South Portland, Maine: Regional Strategies for Creating Resilient Waterfronts

May 2014

This report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) presents strategies to address climate change risks, primarily sea-level rise and storm surge, to the coastal cities of Portland and South Portland, Maine. The recommendations focus on supporting a climate resilient economy, planning and development (land use and coastal infrastructure), and leadership and governance. The report offers guidance to the cities’ decision makers and planners in building resilience to climate impacts through policy and planning.

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Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice

May 2014

Developed by an expert workgroup of federal, state and non-governmental climate adaptation leaders, "Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaption Principles into Practice" examines how climate change is affecting the nation's wildlife and habitats, and addresses how natural resource managers can incorporate climate change considerations into their work. The guide offers practical steps for planning conservation to enhance the resilience of wildlife and ecosystems facing climate change, and offers a “common-sense approach” to adaptation planning and implementation.

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Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: A Primer, Draft

May 2014

Prepared for the U. S. Secretary of the Interior Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science, this primer explores the relationship between climate change and Indigenous Peoples in the United States, specifically related to the impact of climate change on Indigenous Peoples, the interaction between the Federal Government and Indigenous Peoples, and federal funding available to Indigenous Peoples. This report also provides recommendations for how to better engage with tribal and indigenous people to support federal climate change initiatives.

Author or Affiliated User: Gary Morishima

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Maryland HB 118: Bay Acidification Bill

May 5, 2014

Maryland's Bay Acidification Bill (House Bill 118), signed into law by Governor Martin O’Malley in May 2014, taking effect July 1, 2014, creates a Task Force to evaluate and address the effects of ocean acidification and the changing chemistry in the Chesapeake Bay and other Maryland waterways.

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Maryland HB 615: Coast Smart Council Law

May 5, 2014

Maryland’s Coast Smart Council bill (House Bill 615) was signed by Governor Martin O’Malley on May 5, 2014; the law directs that all new and reconstructed State facilities be planned and built to avoid or minimize future flood damage. The law also creates the Coast Smart Council to oversee the state infrastructure projects.

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National Climate Assessment

May 6, 2014

The U. S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) has a legal mandate to conduct a National Climate Assessment (NCA) every four years, the third and most recent of which was released in May 2014. Summarizing current and future climate change impacts across the nation, the NCA is the most comprehensive assessment of climate change impacts ever conducted in the U. S.   The new report is presented on a highly interactive website, with a stunning visual presentation, intended to fully engage the general public along with decision-makers.

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3rd National Climate Assessment: Indigenous Peoples, Lands, and Resources

2014

A chapter of the Third National Climate Assessment, this report provides an overview of the challenges that indigenous peoples in the United States face due to climate change, as well as the opportunities they have to prepare. Climate change will undermine indigenous ways of life and, in many cases, tribal adaptation efforts will be “limited by poverty, lack of resources, or [. . . ] because there may be no land left to call their own. ” The assessment emphasizes the importance of leveraging traditional knowledge for adaptation planning efforts.

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Oxford, Maryland Stormwater Management and Shoreline Protection Fund, Ordinance 1403

May 13, 2014

On May 13, 2014 the town of Oxford, Maryland adopted a pioneering ordinance to create a Stormwater Management and Shoreline Protection (SMSP) Fund. Oxford commissioners unanimously agreed to increase the town’s property tax rate in order to collect fees for the maintenance, enhancement, improvement and repair of the Town’s stormwater management and shoreline protection improvements, facilities and systems. The fund will raise approximately $100,000 per year to help mitigate ongoing and increasing impacts from flooding throughout the community.

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Baltimore, Maryland Growing Green Initiative

May 14, 2014

Baltimore, Maryland Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake launched the Growing Green Initiative (GGI) on May 14, 2014. This City effort repurposes vacant lots to advance community priorities, including open space, growing fresh food, managing stormwater with green infrastructure, recreational space, and social resilience.

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North Carolina Flood Risk Information System

May 19, 2014

In North Carolina, the state developed a Flood Risk Information System to improve the accuracy and functionality of the state's floodplain maps, and to help local governments and state agencies make decisions about how to reduce flood losses (or mitigate flood risks). The state digitized the floodplain maps developed by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) using high-resolution LiDAR data for the entire state, and developed this System to make the maps more accurate and easier to use. This System incorporates additional data layers not included on FEMA floodplain maps - such as flood depth damage information determined from building footprints, parcel information, and first floor elevations.

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