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Creating Resilient Water Utilities Initiative (CRWU)

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Creating Resilient Water Utilities (formally Climate Resilient Water Utilities - CRWU) initiative to assist water and wastewater utilities in preparing for climate change. CRWU offers a suite of tools and resources to promote the understanding of climate science, associated risks to the water sector, and pertinent adaptation options for utilities and communities to implement. EPA designed the CRWU resources to translate complex climate projections into usable formats - to assist in building a more resilient water sector.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center (EPA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) 3.0

This risk assessment tool assists drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utility owners and operators in understanding potential climate change impacts to the water sector; assessing related risks at their utilities; and evaluating adaptation options. CREAT allows users to perform these analyses using scenario-based decision making in multiple time periods using pre-loaded data and downscaled local climate information.  CREAT can support utilities in initiating adaptation planning and provides suggested customizable adaptation strategies that can be implemented at the user’s utility.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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FEMA Threat and Hazard Identification Risk Assessment (THIRA)

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) is a 4 step common risk assessment process that supports a community in understanding its natural hazard risks, and estimating capability requirements. The THIRA process helps communities map their risks to the core capabilities, enabling them to determine desired outcomes, capability targets, and the resources required to achieve their capability targets. 

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Local Land Use Response to Sea Level Rise

This report summarizes selected local land use ordinances and regulations that include specific mention of sea level rise or that incorporate appropriate policy responses that may be used to address sea level rise. While developed for The Nature Conservancy Long Island, it is a useful resource for any coastal state.

Related Organizations: Pace University School of Law, Land Use Law Center, The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Coastal California Adaptation Policy Briefs

February 2018

The Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions released a series of policy briefs for coastal planners to help them develop strategies for adapting to sea-level rise, including engineered, financial, and legal and regulatory strategies.

Related Organizations: Natural Capital Project

Authors or Affiliated Users: Eric Hartge, Jesse Reiblich

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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California Sea-Level Rise Guidance - 2018 Update

March 14, 2018

The Ocean Protection Council’s 2018 update of the California Sea-Level Rise Guidance is designed in support of state agencies and local governments preparation for and adaption to sea-level rise (SLR). The report includes a step-by-step approach to SLR risk analysis, and incorporating these projections into planning, permitting, and investment decisions. Recommended adaptation strategies are given for priorities such as bolstering the resilience vulnerable communities and coastal habitats, and incorporating climate change impacts into project design and coastal planning.

Related Organizations: California Ocean Protection Council

Author or Affiliated User: Jennifer Phillips

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Smart Policies for a Changing Climate: the Report and Recommendations of the ASLA Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience

July 9, 2018

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) interdisciplinary Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience has identified key planning and design strategies, and public policies to establish healthy, climate-smart, and resilient communities. The strategies are founded on core principles of design for natural systems, community development, vulnerable communities, transportation and agriculture.   Many of these policy recommendations focus on the integration of climate resilience and adaptation into land use planning and development.

Related Organizations: The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Building a Community of Practice at the Intersection of Water, Climate Resilience and Equity

July 31, 2018

From The Kresge Foundation and American Rivers, this report presents the findings of an assessment conducted by the Meridian Institute on Kresge's Climate Resilient and Equitable Water Systems (CREWS) initiative. This report describes the challenges and opportunities for practitioners working at the intersection of water systems, climate resilience and social equity. 

Related Organizations: The Kresge Foundation

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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NOAA Habitat Conservation Project Grants

Habitat conservation project grants and cooperative agreements are awarded for habitat conservation activities including coastal and marine habitat restoration and protection. Projects are funded to carry out public policy pertaining to protection and restoration of the nation's wetlands and other coastal habitats including those of the Great Lakes.

Related Organizations: NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Wildlife & Wildlands Toolkit

The Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators is an updated and expanded version of the popular Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands Toolkit for Teachers and Interpreters first published in 2001, in which over 40,000 kits distributed in all 50 states and the U.S. territories and over a dozen countries across the world.

Related Organizations: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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