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City of Philadelphia Stormwater Incentives/ Grants

2016

The City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has created a suite of subsidies, grants and rebates for both residential and non-residential properties to encourage more stormwater retention and green infrastructure practices.  The Stormwater Management Incentives Program and the Greened Acre Retrofit Program offer a reduced  price for qualified non-residential customers and contractors to design and install stormwater best management practices which reduce stormwater pollution and enhance water quality.

Related Organizations: City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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New York City Green Infrastructure Grant Program

2016

New York City’s Green Infrastructure Program is a multi-agency effort led by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The NYC DEP offers a green infrastructure grant program for private property owners in combined sewer areas of New York City. The program provides funding for green infrastructure projects that manage the first inch of rainfall, including blue roofs, rain gardens, green roofs, porous pavement and rainwater harvesting. Private property owners in combined sewer areas are eligible for the grants of up to $5 million.

Related Organizations: New York City Department of Environmental Protection, City of New York, New York

Resource Category: Funding

 

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California State Route 37 Stewardship Study

February 2016

The University of California Davis Road Ecology Center undertook a stewardship study to assess the risk to California State Route 37 (SR 37) from sea-level rise.  SR 37 passes near San Francisco Bay, connecting Interstate 80 and Highway 101.  The road corridor and surrounding wetlands are threatened by sea-level rise and flooding. The road bed sits below sea level at its lowest elevation and is likely to experience erosion, flooding during storms, and inundation due to sea-level rise. The State Road 37 Stewardship Study (Study) included a stakeholder process and technical analyses to determine possible future solutions to reduce the vulnerability of the highway to climate impacts.

Related Organizations: University of California, Davis, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Sonoma Ecology Center

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Restoration and Relocation Efforts

October 2015

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, located at the southern tip of Assateague Island, depends on parking and road facilities that are vulnerable to flooding and erosion.   Refuge managers have been exploring alternatives for responding to these impacts that they anticipate will worsen with sea-level rise and climate change. The refuge is studying alternatives to relocate parking facilities and is using oyster reefs to protect transportation facilities. Parking facilities on the island are made of loose shells and sand so as not to disrupt the natural terrain.

Related Organizations: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), National Park Service (NPS)

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North Carolina Highway 12 Storm Recovery

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is implementing several different solutions to address frequent overwashes, erosion, and more severe damage to North Carolina Highway 12 (NC 12) following Hurricanes Irene and Sandy. These measures, intended to improve the future resilience of the highway, include bridge construction and temporary beach nourishment.

Related Organizations: North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT)

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Preparing for the Next Storm: How a Grant Will Help Detroit Fight Blight and Floods

August 7, 2015

The City of Detroit, Michigan government received an $8. 9 million grant in 2015 from the US Department of Housing & Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Sanction Fund. Detroit plans to use the grant to demolish blighted homes and use vacant lots to reduce flooding through stormwater control, which could become more common with climate change. This grant is particularly significant, because it is the first time Detroit was eligible to receive additional federal funding  due to its history of mismanaging federal funds.

Related Organizations: City of Detroit, MI

Author or Affiliated User: Adriane Davis

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DOT TIGER Grant Program

2016

The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant program, administered by the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT), provided discretionary funding for investments in road, rail, transit and port projects. Since 2009, TIGER has provided nearly $4. 6 billion to 381 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, including 134 projects to support rural and tribal communities. For FY 2016, $500 million was made available for transportation projects across the country under an eighth round of TIGER.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

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Elevated Floating Bridge on Washington State Route 520

Spring 2016

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is reconstructing the Evergreen Point floating bridge, which runs over Lake Washington along State Route 520 (SR 520) near Seattle, to better accommodate varying winds and storms. The new design will be elevated, which will better protect drivers and the road from waves and storms, and the pontoons that allow the bridge to float will be designed to withstand higher winds. In its climate impacts vulnerability assessment, WSDOT has recognized that high winds could increase as a result of climate change and more extreme weather events.

Related Organizations: Washington State Department of Transportation

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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U.S. Department of Defense Directive 4715.21: Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience

January 14, 2016

The U. S. Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 4715. 21 establishes a new policy to assess and manage risks associated with the impacts of climate change and ensures that climate change is incorporated into all aspects of military planning. The policy states that DoD must be able to adapt current and future operations to address the impacts of climate change in order to maintain an effective and efficient U. S. military. It assigns certain roles and responsibilities to the different offices within the DoD, and names the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations, and Environment as the department’s primary climate change adaptation official.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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RainReady Midlothian Plan (Chicago suburb flood management plan)

January 2016

The Village of Midlothian - a suburb of Chicago, Illinois - has faced repetitive and severe flooding for decades. Residents are affected both by overbank flooding from nearby creeks and from overland flooding as a result of urban runoff from impervious surfaces. The Center for Neighborhood Technology worked with the Village of Midlothian, the community group Floodlothian Midlothian, and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to create the RainReady Midlothian Plan that was adopted in January 2016.

Related Organizations: Village of Midlothian, Chicago, Illinois, Floodlothian Midlothian, Center for Neighborhood Technology, RainReady

Resource Category: Planning

 

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