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Case Studies of Natural Shoreline Infrastructure in Coastal California

November 27, 2017

This report describes natural infrastructure projects implemented in coastal California to support adaptive planning and solutions regarding climate-related coastal hazards. Five case studies of successful adaptation projects to address coastal issues are provided, demonstrating different strategies for varying coastal environments. The report makes the case that natural shoreline infrastructure is a better alternative to engineered structures such as seawalls that increase erosion. Natural infrastructure is more likely to preserve the benefits of coastal ecosystems which provide flood protection, recreation, wildlife habitat, water quality and more.

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Moody's Environmental Risks: Evaluating the Impact of Climate Change on U.S. State and Local Issuers

November 28, 2017

This report from Moody's Investor Services discusses potential credit rating impacts from the exposure and vulnerability of U. S. state and local governments to economic losses from climate change. The report notes that without adaptation, state and local governments will face increasing risks risks from severe heat, changing precipitation patterns, and rising sea levels - and that these risks will become more severe over time. The economic impacts of climate change will include property damage, lowered productivity, health impacts, and increasing energy use.

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Samish Indian Nation Climate Adaptation Planning Framework

December 2017

The Samish Indian Nation initiated a climate change adaptation process, by first developing an adaptation planning framework to identify the steps the tribe will take to prepare and strengthen resilience to the impacts of climate change. The framework addresses the process needed to assess vulnerabilities, develop resilience strategies, and implement an adaptation plan. The Samish people live on their ancestral lands in the Pacific Northwest, along the Salish Sea in Washington State, and are faced with extreme weather, sea level rise, flooding, erosion and other compounding impacts of climate change.

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Finance Guide for Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge Design Teams

December 1, 2017

This guide was designed to assist design teams that are part of the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge.  Resilient by Design is a collaborative design challenge for the San Francisco Bay area of California, to develop 10 innovative community-based solutions that will strengthen the region’s resilience to sea level rise, severe storms, flooding and earthquakes.  The report describes strategic funding and financing options for developing hazard-ready infrastructure in California, and can be useful for decision makers and designers outside of the Bay area challenge.

Author or Affiliated User: Robert Spencer

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Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report

December 2017

This National Institute of Building Sciences report highlights the benefits of implementing natural hazard mitigation strategies, concluding that a $1 investment in hazard mitigation saves $6 in future disaster costs (updating past estimates of a $4 savings). As part of the analysis, the report considers the benefits of mitigating future costs from sea-level rise and increasing flood risks.   In addition to the losses avoided, the report estimated that 600 lives could be saved and 1 million non-fatal injuries avoided with common sense investments in hazard mitigation.

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Washington Shoreline Master Program Handbook: Appendix A – Addressing Sea Level Rise in Shoreline Master Programs

December 2017 Revision

The Shoreline Master Programs Handbook, developed by Washington Department of Ecology, provides guidance to help local governments meet the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act (RCW 90.58) and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines (WAC 173-26, Part III). Appendix A of the Handbook directs planners on how to incorporate sea level rise planning into the broader framework of shoreline management planning.

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Resource Guide for Planning, Designing and Implementing Green Infrastructure in Parks

December 2017

This Resource Guide provides basic principles and innovations in green stormwater infrastructure in support of implementation into parks and park systems nationwide. Written as a starting point for planners, designers, and decision-makers, the guide provides a design and management framework for integrating these green practices into park design, construction and maintenance. The report also offers quantifiable water quality benefits from green infrastructure, best practices in adaptation, and encourages integrated social equity goals.

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Rhode Island Socioeconomics of Sea Level Rise

2016/2017

A project from the Rhode Island Division of Statewide Planning, Socioeconomics of Sea Level Rise (SLR) identifies the demographic and socioeconomic makeup of the communities located within multiple sea level rise inundation scenarios in Rhode Island. Serving as a resource in sea level rise planning, the Division suggests that data included in this project can be used for capital improvement planning, transportation planning, and overall long-range planning in communities.

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Carlsbad, California Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment

December 2017

This report from the City of Carlsbad, California - located along the state’s southern coast - evaluates the magnitude and likelihood of impacts due to sea level rise and coastal hazards on city assets. The report considers damage to assets from flooding and erosion based on sea level rise scenarios through 2050 and 2100. Vulnerability ratings are given by asset type, along with recommended adaptation strategies to inform planning, decision-making, and the city’s Local Coastal Program and Zoning Ordinance.

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Oregon 2017 Integrated Water Resources Strategy

December 2017

The 2017 edition of Oregon’s Integrated Water Resources Strategy builds on the state’s 2012 strategy and is aimed at predicting and meeting the state’s instream and out-of-stream water needs, both now and in the future. The updated version addresses climate change as a “cross-cutting issue” and illustrates the need for continuous monitoring of water resources as predictions based off of historical data becomes unpredictable because of climate change. The state’s past efforts are highlighted, including a 2015 Executive Order which called for the 2017 strategy to address drought resiliency, which it does in Chapter 5 (section 5.

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