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NOAA 2017 State of U.S. High Tide Flooding with a 2018 Outlook

June 6, 2018

NOAA has produced this annual update of the state of coastal high tide flooding every year since 2014. This type of flooding occurs when water levels measured at NOAA tide gauges exceed heights based on the national flooding thresholds that are released in February by NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services. This report updates high tide flood frequencies during 2017 (based on the meteorological year: May 2017-April 2018) at 98 NOAA tide gauges, and provides a statistical outlook for 2018 (May 2018 - April 2019).

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Extreme weather events: How hard lessons strengthen resilience against the next big event

June 11, 2018

Zurich Insurance Company used its Post-Event Review Capability (PERC) methodology to analyze major flood events in terms of disaster risk management. PERC studies were conducted on 12 flooding disasters worldwide between 2013 and 2018 including floods in Boulder, CO in 2013; Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina, 2015; and Houston in 2017. The report describes the various steps of the disaster risk management cycle, as well as the challenges and focal strategies for risk managers in preparing for and responding to disasters.

Related Organizations: Zurich Insurance Group Ltd.

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Boston Planning and Development Agency - Smart Utilities Policy

June 14, 2018

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Smart Utilities Policy has been launched as a two-year pilot program for resilient infrastructure planning in the City of Boston, Massachusetts. The policy adopts five “Smart Utility Technologies” (SUTs) that prepare Boston’s utility infrastructure for the impacts of climate change such as heat waves and flooding. A Microgrid, or centralized energy system, will be developed that can disconnect from the main electric utility grid during power outages.

Related Organizations: City of Boston, Massachusetts, Boston Planning and Development Agency

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Connecticut Executive Order No. 66: State Water Plan (and State Water supply as Public Trust)

June 14, 2018

Connecticut Governor Malloy’s executive order directs the state’s Water Planning Council (WPC) to immediately implement the State Water Plan - that was submitted to the Connecticut General Assembly in January 2018. The EO recommits to the definition of water as a public trust – a declaration of public policy that has been in the state statute for more than 40 years. A Public Trust is essentially a policy that recognizes the public’s inherent right to water, among many other rights.

Related Organizations: State of Connecticut

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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resilient MA: Climate Change Clearinghouse for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

June 2018

In 2018, Massachusetts launched resilent MA, an online clearinghouse for local governments and the public with comprehensive information about the state’s work on climate adaptation and mitigation. The clearinghouse contains science and data on expected climate changes, information on community resiliency, decision support tools, and links to grant programs and technical assistance that local government and communities can use to fund and support actions to adapt to climate change.

Related Organizations: State of Massachusetts

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Building Coastal Resilience for Greater U.S. Security

June 19, 2018

The Building Coastal Resilience for Greater U. S. Security project created a forum for coastal experts from the United States and globally to develop solutions for climate change impacts on coastal infrastructure, economy, communities and national security.  The Hoover Institution, the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars jointly convened a series of discussions to advance coastal resilience to climate change impacts by identifying knowledge gaps and establishing policy solutions.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Alice C. Hill, Roger-Mark De Souza, Christopher B. Field, Katharine J. Mach, Meaghan E. Parker

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Parks - Great Urban Parks Campaign

June 20, 2018

Through the Great Urban Parks Campaign, in 2018 the National Recreation and Park Association has provided grant funding totaling $2,000,000 to 10-12 communities in the U.S. to support green stormwater infrastructure projects in parks. The intention of the program is to improve environmental and social conditions in underserved communities through promoting and advancing green infrastructure stormwater management projects within parks. 

Related Organizations: National Recreation and Park Association

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Virginia S 265: Special Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Adaptation and Protection

June 22, 2018

On June 22, 2018, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed Senate Bill 265 creating a new cabinet-level position to address coastal adaptation and protection in Virginia. The bill states that the Special Assistant to the governor will be responsible for leading statewide efforts in response to coastal flooding; working to initiate economic development opportunities associated with adaptation; and fostering coordination throughout the Commonwealth, especially in Hampton Roads, a coastal region of the state that is most vulnerable to sea level rise and land subsidence.

Related Organizations: State of Virginia

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Climate Communication Leadership Series Replication Guide

July 2018

The Climate Communications Leadership Series was created by the Utah Climate Action Network and Utah Clean Energy, in part during a workshop that was held in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2018. The series was further developed from lessons learned in this pilot project, and a guide was developed so the model can be replicated in other communities.  The program replication guide offers curriculum suggestions, exercises, design files and recruitment materials that can be used to deliver a locally tailored climate communications program.

Related Organizations: Utah Climate Action Network

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Colorado Climate Plan 2018 Update - State Level Policies and Strategies to Mitigate and Adapt

July 2018

Colorado published its first Climate Plan in 2007, and advanced the plan with State Level Policies and Strategies to Mitigate and Adapt in 2015. This version, updated in 2018, incorporates additional commitments to climate action, as laid out in Governor Hickenlooper’s 2017 executive order.  The plan focuses on eight main sectors including water, public health, greenhouse gas emissions, energy, transportation, agriculture, tourism and recreation, and ecosystems. Updated climate mitigation and adaptation strategies and policy recommendations are given for each of the sectors.

Related Organizations: Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, Colorado Energy Office

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