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Connecticut Public Law 21–115: An Act Concerning Climate Change Adaptation

July 6, 2021

On July 6, 2021, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed into law Public Law 21–115: An Act Concerning Climate Change Adaptation to increase local resilience planning options, legal authorities, and financing for adaptation and resilience projects. The main components of this law authorize the creation of municipal stormwater authorities, and increase the authority of municipal flood prevention and climate resilience boards and their ability to collect and raise funds for climate resilience projects. In addition, the law expands the scope of the state’s "green bank," the Connecticut Green Bank, beyond clean energy to adaptation- and resilience-related projects, with an emphasis on prioritizing financing for frontline communities.  

Related Organizations: State of Connecticut

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Taking Action on Climate Change and Building a More Resilient Connecticut for All: Phase I Report

January 2021

The Phase I report by the Connecticut Governor’s Council on Climate Change (GC3) -- Taking Action on Climate Change and Building a More Climate Resilient Connecticut for All -- released January 2021, contains a wide array of recommendations for improving Connecticut’s resilience to climate change that can be implemented by early 2022. An Adaptation and Resilience plan is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021 and will include recommendations on longer term policies. The report and forthcoming adaptation plan were called for in an executive order issued in September 2019.

Related Organizations: Connecticut Governor's Council on Climate Change (GC3)

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Connecticut Microgrid and Resilience Grant and Loan Pilot Program

September 2020

In September 2020, the Connecticut legislature passed the Microgrid and Resilience Grant and Loan Pilot Program (Conn. Gen. Stat. § 16-243y). The act expands the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s authority to fund resilience projects, in addition to microgrids. The act supports the creation of climate change resilience projects in Connecticut.

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Connecticut Executive Order No. 3 - Governor's Council on Climate Change, adaptation planning

September 3, 2019

On September 3, 2019, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed Executive Order (EO) No. 3 that includes climate change mitigation and adaptation provisions. The existing Governor's Council on Climate Change will expand its responsibilities to both implement Connecticut’s 2013 adaptation plan, and prepare an updated plan by 2021. The updated adaptation plan will include recommendations for helping vulnerable communities, and for supporting regional and municipal adaptation efforts.  Additionally, the Council is directed to establish a framework for state agencies to compile and maintain an inventory of vulnerable assets to inform future vulnerability assessments.

Related Organizations: State of Connecticut

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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

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Connecticut SB 7: An Act Concerning Climate Change Planning and Resiliency (Public Act 18-82)

June 6, 2018

SB 7 supports both climate change mitigation and adaptation measures for Connecticut, with directives that will help to prepare the state for climate impacts, primarily sea level rise. Connecticut’s statutory references to sea level rise will now reflect the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation’s (CIRCA) planning recommendation of nearly two feet by 2050. The legislation requires all state or federally-funded coastal infrastructure projects to take this new sea level rise projection into account when being planned and developed.

Related Organizations: State of Connecticut

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From the Ground Up: The State of the States on Climate Adaptation for Agriculture

March 2018

Recognizing the leading role that states are playing in addressing climate change, this report from the Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy catalogues policies related to the need for agricultural adaptation in the 18 states states with climate adaptation plans (or specific agricultural policy papers). These states include: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Related Organizations: The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

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Patterns and Projections of High Tide Flooding Along the U.S. Coastline Using a Common Impact Threshold

February 2018

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) analyzes "high tide flooding" (also known as "nuisance flooding") in this report, and finds that it is becoming more commonplace due to sea level rise. High tide flooding impacts roads, beaches, parks, and private property, and is generally more disruptive than damaging. However, there are places such as Norfolk, Virginia; San Diego, California; and the U. S Marshall islands where it is currently a serious problem. Even more, with continued sea level rise, flooding is likely to increase.

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Authors or Affiliated Users: William Sweet, Greg Dusek, Jayantha Obeysekera, John Marra

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Connecticut State Water Plan

January 2018

In January 2018, the Connecticut Water Planning Council released the Connecticut State Water Plan to coordinate and improve water management in the state and address the impacts of climate change. The plan, designed for policy makers, planners, and regulators, was informed by consultation with stakeholders and drafted through consensus-based decision-making. The State Water Plan recommends policies and management strategies, prioritizes key issues for Connecticut’s water, and identify strategies for improved water management in the future.

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New England and Northern New York Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis: A Report from the New England Climate Change Response Framework Project

January 2018

Led by the U. S. Forest Service (USFS)’s Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, this assessment evaluates the climate change vulnerability of forested ecosystems in the New England region (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, northern New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont). The report summarizes the current state of forests in the region including threats and management trends, describes climate impacts as they would progress under projected future climate scenarios, and relays the results of an extensive vulnerability assessment of the region’s forests.

Related Organizations: Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS)

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