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Clean Water: Foundation of Healthy Communities and a Healthy Environment

April 27, 2011

This report compiles ongoing initiatives at four federal agencies in the Obama Administration to protect American water resources. The document summarizes programs of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Department of the Interior (DOI), and their partners, to preserve water quality and supply. The report describes new agency water resource initiatives, including updated draft guidance regarding Clean Water Act jurisdiction.

Related Organizations: Executive Office of the President of the United States, U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

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Sea-Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington: Past, Present and Future

June 2012

This study provides the first comprehensive regional projections of the changes in sea level expected in California, Oregon, and Washington - posing serious risks to the infrastructure, development, and wetlands along this 1,600 mile shoreline. California Executive Order S-13-08 directed state agencies to plan for sea-level rise and coastal impacts, and asked the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies to establish a committee to assess sea-level rise. Oregon, Washington, and several federal agencies joined California to sponsor the study.

Related Organizations: The National Academies, National Research Council, State of California, State of Washington, State of Oregon, National Academy of Sciences, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Climate Change and The Economy: Expected Impacts and Their Implications

October 27, 2009

A series of climate change impact studies was undertaken by researchers at universities around the U.S. to evaluate economic costs related to particular climate-sensitive resources. This publication assembles six of these studies, with a focus on water resources in New Mexico; forests in Tennessee, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming; infrastructure in Alaska; and coastlines in Florida, North Carolina and Texas.

Related Organizations: Bipartisan Policy Center

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Impacts of Climate Change on Forests of the Northern Rocky Mountains

September 29, 2009

The forests of the northern Rocky Mountains are projected to have severe impacts from climate change. These impacts are summarized in this report in an accessible format intended for distribution to the general public. The study was conducted by the College of Forest Resources at the University of Montana and funded by a grant from the National Commission on Energy Policy, a project of the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Related Organizations: University of Montana

Authors or Affiliated Users: Steven W. Running, Celine Boisvenue, Ryan Anderson, Tom Power

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Impacts of Global Warming on Hurricane-Related Flooding in Corpus Christi, Texas

June 2009

An analysis of impacts to Corpus Christi, Texas was undertaken to help understand and quantify the potential impacts of global warming on coastal flooding and related damages. The city’s location on the Gulf of Mexico makes it particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts. If sea-level rise projections and the hurricane intensification scenarios used in this analysis are realized, significant increases in flood levels are projected, especially under higher emissions scenarios. This is projected to lead to major economic consequences resulting from increased property damage and displacement of families and businesses.

Related Organizations: Texas A&M University

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Executive Order 13508 - Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration

May 12, 2009

On May 12, 2009, President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13508, recognizing the Chesapeake Bay as a national treasure and calling on the federal government to lead a renewed effort to restore and protect the nation’s largest estuary and its watershed.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Executive Office of the President of the United States, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

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Plumb Beach Renourishment Project and Protection of Belt Parkway, Brooklyn, New York

2013

The Plumb Beach Renourishment Project involved the placement of sand on the beach to protect the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn, NY. The project, which is managed by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), is ongoing and is being implemented in two phases. In Phase I, the Corps nourished the beach with dredged sand and installed several geotube groins (sand bags) to prevent short-term erosion of the newly-deposited sand. Phase I was completed days before hurricane Sandy devastated the Northeast region.

Related Organizations: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, New York Department of State, New York City Department of Transportation, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, City of New York, New York, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), National Park Service (NPS)

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A Human Health Perspective on Climate Change

April 22, 2010

This report identifies major research needs to better address the human health impacts of climate change.  Prepared by the Interagency Working Group on Climate Change and Health, and with contribution by numerous federal agencies, the goal is to better inform federal agencies with a human health or related research mission in their research priorities.

Related Organizations: The Interagency Working Group on Climate Change and Health (IWGCCH), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Environmental Health Perspectives

Authors or Affiliated Users: Christopher J. Portier, Kimberly Thigpen Tart

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Impacts of Global Warming on New Mexico's Water Resources - An Assessment of the Rio Grande Basin

October 2007

A scientific study was undertaken by researchers at two New Mexico universities to evaluate the potential impacts of future warming on water resources in the Rio Grande basin.

Related Organizations: New Mexico State University, University of New Mexico

Authors or Affiliated Users: Brian H. Hurd, Julie Coonrod

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Impacts of Global Warming on North Carolina's Coastal Economy

June 21, 2007

A scientific study was undertaken by researchers at four North Carolina universities to consider three aspects of the state's coastal economy and their vulnerability to a changing climate including: the impacts of sea-level rise on the coastal real estate market, the impacts of sea-level rise on coastal recreation and tourism, and the impacts of stronger tropical storms and hurricanes on business activity. The study used a range of moderate  assumptions, not best- or worst-case scenarios. This brief summary brochure is designed to present the main findings of the study for the benefit of the public and policy makers.

Related Organizations: University of North Carolina Wilmington, Duke University, Appalachian State University, East Carolina University Department of Geologic Sciences

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