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National Report: Responding to National Water Resources Challenges

August 2010

Produced by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), this report presents the results of the two-year "Building Strong Collaborative Relationships for a Sustainable Water Resources Future" project, which was designed to improve water management through more effective collaboration between state, interstate and Federal water resources agencies.  The report aims to support the engagement of senior government leaders and develop a way for the federal government and its agencies to respond to the identified water resources needs.

Related Organizations: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

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Ecosystem Services and Climate Adaptation

July 2010

This policy brief discusses the economic value of natural resources and ecological systems, the impacts climate change will have on natural systems and the wealth they generate, and the difficulties in pricing ecosystem goods and services. This brief focuses on two broad questions: 1) What kinds of adaptation challenges will be created by climate‐driven changes in the form, scale, and location of ecosystem goods and services. and 2) How should climate adaptation policies protect and manage natural wealth as its delivery is affected by climate change.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Author or Affiliated User: James Boyd

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Adaptations to Sustain High-Quality Freshwater Supplies in Response to Climate Change

June 2010

This issue brief recommends a number of actions to help create a policy environment that encourages adaptive responses in times of hydrological uncertainty.   Policy recommendations include, for example, increasing redundancy among natural and built freshwater systems to provide higher levels of functional resiliency; linking regional and national levels of data collection and modeling of hurricanes, floods, and droughts to improve long-term forecasts and proactive, adaptive responses; and additional coordination of federal and state agencies to enhance adaptive responses through long-term strategic planning of shared solutions to water scarcity.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Author or Affiliated User: Alan P. Covich

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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DOI Secretarial Order 3289 (2010)

February 2, 2010

This U. S, Department of the Interior (DOI) order, Secretarial Order No. 3289, establishes a department-wide approach for applying scientific tools to increase the understanding of climate change and to coordinate an effective response to its impacts on tribes and on the land, water, ocean, fish and wildlife, and cultural heritage resources that the Department manages. It replaces Secretarial Order No. 3226, Amendment No. 1, issued on January 16, 2009, and reinstates the provisions of Secretarial Order No.

Related Organizations: Department of the Interior (DOI): North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Department of the Interior (DOI): Great Plains Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Department of the Interior (DOI): Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Department of the Interior (DOI): Western Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Department of the Interior (DOI): Arctic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), Department of the Interior (DOI): California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Maryland Update to the Governor and General Assembly

January 2010

The report summarizes implementation progress of the Maryland Commission on Climate Change policy recommendations as identified in the state's 2008 Climate Action Plan. The Climate Action Plan contains 19 policy recommendations that focus on climate change adaptation, primarily for sea-level rise and coastal storm surge -  from both the Mitigation Working Group's (MWG) and the Adaptation Response Working Groups' (ARWG). For each of the recommendations brief updates are provided, including any institutional, regulatory or legislative actions.

Related Organizations: Maryland Department of the Environment

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Water SMART (Sustain and Manage America's Resources for Tomorrow) Program

February 2010

The U. S. Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America's Resources for Tomorrow) program is working to achieve a sustainable water strategy to meet the Nation's water needs.  WaterSMART allows all bureaus of the Department to work with States, Tribes, local governments, and non-governmental organizations to pursue a sustainable water supply for the Nation by establishing a framework to provide federal leadership and assistance on the efficient use of water, integrating water and energy policies to support the sustainable use of all natural resources, and coordinating the water conservation activities of the various Interior offices.

Related Organizations: Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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A Climate of Extreme Weather Events: U.S. Impacts and Vulnerability

June 2011

This white paper, from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change (now the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions "C2ES"), provides an easy-to-understand overview of flooding, heat waves, wildfires, and drought. Past and projected frequency, details of impacts, some location specific vulnerability and potential risks are provided for each of the four types of extreme events.

Related Organizations: The Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Waterfront Action Agenda: Transforming New York City's Waterfront

March 2011

The Waterfront Action Agenda is the three year implementation component of 'Vision 2020: New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan. ' The Action Agenda organizes each project under one of the eight goals of 'Vision 2020', identifies the City agency leading its implementation, and lists the date by which the project will be undertaken. The Agenda includes 130 specific, high-priority projects - a set of projects chosen for their ability to catalyze investment in waterfront enhancement.   It contains neighborhood strategies and specifies recommendations for individual sites along the waterfront.

Related Organizations: New York City Economic Development Corporation, City of New York, New York

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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SECURE Water Act Section 9503-Reclamation Climate Change and Water 2016

April 2011

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation developed this report in response to the SECURE Water Act of 2009 - outlining climate change impacts on water basins in the Southwestern U.S. The report provides comprehensive assessments of risk across each of Reclamation's major eight basins and summarizes hydrologic changes that would take place in response to projected climate change.

Related Organizations: Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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The Report of the Colorado Local Resilience Project

April 23, 2015

Jointly convened by the Colorado Climate Network and the Colorado Municipal League, the Colorado Local Resilience Project was established to develop an agenda to help make Colorado communities more resilient to possible climate change impacts. The Project, comprised of 78 representatives of 30 local governments in Colorado and six other governmental and nonprofit entities active at the local level, released a report in April 2015 with climate resiliency recommendations aimed at local governments.

Related Organizations: Colorado Communities for Climate Action, Colorado Municipal League

Resource Category: Planning

 

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