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Eastern Shore of Virginia Hazard Mitigation Plan

2016

This Hazard Mitigation Plan profiles the counties and towns of the Eastern Shore of Virginia, including current and projected localized natural hazards and adaptation strategies for managing these impacts. The vulnerability of Virginia’s Eastern Shore to sea level rise, recurrent flooding and storm surge is discussed in detail throughout the report, along with information specific to each town as it is impacted by sea level rise. 

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National Park Service Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy

2016

The National Park Service (NPS) Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy provides guidance for NPS managers to anticipate, plan for, and respond to the impacts of climate change on the cultural resources within National Parks. The Strategy provides guidance to assist with the interdisciplinary work and specific needs of cultural resource managers and historic preservation partners across the country.

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New York Climate Change Science Clearinghouse: Tools to Help Communities Prepare for Extreme Weather

May 6, 2016

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has launched the New York Climate Change Science Clearinghouse - a website for climate-related information including flood maps, data on sea level and temperature changes, and other information to aid in planning for future extreme weather events. Developed by New York State in partnership with federal, university and public-private organizations, the Clearinghouse provides access to more than 1,000 maps, data sets, and documents that show the impacts of climate change on infrastructure, transportation, energy, water resources, ecosystems, agriculture and public health.

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CA Executive Order B-37-16: Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life

May 9, 2016

B-37-16 “Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life” is an executive order that builds on temporary statewide emergency water restrictions set forth by Governor Brown and the State Water Resources Control Board in 2015, to establish longer-term water conservation measures for California. In response to the extreme and persistent drought conditions along with warmer weather and reduced snowpack expected for the state, the 2016 executive order directs permanent changes to: use water more wisely, eliminate water waste, strengthen local drought resistance, and improve agricultural water use efficiency and drought planning.

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Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities for Hazard Mitigation Assistance

May 11, 2016

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released a suite of tools and guidance for Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities (CRMA) aimed at bolstering local efforts to leverage federal hazard-mitigation funding to reduce the impacts of climate change.  Eligible activities include:

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Rhode Island Special House Commission to Study Economic Risk Due to Flooding and Sea Level Rise - Final Report

May 12, 2016

In June 2015, the Rhode Island resolution H-5478 created an 11 member special legislative study Commission whose purpose was to study and make recommendations concerning the economic risks relating to, and resulting from, sea rise and flooding in Rhode Island, and who would report back to the General Assembly by January of 2016. 

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New Hampshire SB 374: Requiring the Department of Environmental Services to update coastal flooding trends

May 20, 2016

New Hampshire Senate Bill 374, effective July 19, 2016, requires the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Service (DES) to convene a multi-agency group to update and summarize coastal flooding trends every five years, based on sea-level rise, extreme precipitation and storm surge projections.

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Delaware Database for Funding Resilient Communities

May 26, 2016

The Institute for Public Administration at the University of Delaware, with support from Delaware Coastal Programs, has compiled a web-based database of financial assistance programs that can support Delaware’s local governments with the implementation of climate change adaptation and resilient community development. Financial assistance programs are featured, rather than technical and planning assistance, that support costly adaptation activities such as infrastructure improvements and retrofitting, habitat restoration, and land acquisition.

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U.S. GAO report: Climate Change - Selected Government Approaches (GAO 16-454)

May 2016

This Government Accountability Office (GAO) report compares the adaptation efforts of the United States with those of five foreign governments: the European Union (EU), Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom (UK).  The report describes the plans, laws, and programs that have been adopted in each country to promote adaptation and resilience.  The report also looks at how each country is coordinating across government agencies, funding adaptation initiatives, and monitoring and evaluating the efficacy of adaptation actions.

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Supporting Local Climate Change Adaptation: Where we are and where we need to go

May 31, 2016

Local governments are on the front line of efforts to address climate-related impacts. Recognizing this, there is a growing movement to develop and deliver tools, resources, and services to support local communities’ climate adaptation initiatives. There is, however, limited understanding of what specific types of resources exist and how well these resources match the needs of local practitioners.

Authors or Affiliated Users: John Nordgren, Missy Stults, Sara Meerow

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