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Changing Tides: How Sea-level Rise Harms Wildlife and Recreation Economies Along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard

August 15, 2016

From the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), “Changing Tides” delineates the risks of sea-level rise to wildlife, recreation, and local economies by outlining key impacts in 15 eastern U.S. states: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. NWF also offers policy solutions for both mitigation and adaptation to climate change. 

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Delaware Database for Funding Resilient Communities

May 26, 2016

The Institute for Public Administration at the University of Delaware, with support from Delaware Coastal Programs, has compiled a web-based database of financial assistance programs that can support Delaware’s local governments with the implementation of climate change adaptation and resilient community development. Financial assistance programs are featured, rather than technical and planning assistance, that support costly adaptation activities such as infrastructure improvements and retrofitting, habitat restoration, and land acquisition.

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Green Infrastructure Primer: A Delaware Guide to Using Natural Systems in Urban, Rural, and Coastal Settings

January 2016

Delaware’s Green Infrastructure Primer, released in 2016, provides an overview of nature-based approaches that can mitigate stormwater runoff, flooding, erosion, and water and air pollution. The primer provides an introduction to green infrastructure, fact sheets regarding eight green infrastructure practices, three case studies showing examples of green infrastructure being used in Delaware, a discussion of larger-landscape-scale green infrastructure efforts, and suggested resources for more information.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Delaware Coastal Management Assistance Program

September 16, 2015

Delaware’s Coastal Management Assistance Program improves local capacity to conserve and manage coastal resources, and supports the integration of coastal management principals through local planning and implementation activities. The program provides special area management planning, assistance to state and local governments for local land use planning, and offers technical assistance to communities.

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Delaware Wildlife Action Plan 2015-2025

2015

In accordance with congressional requirements, Delaware’s Wildlife Action Plan provides an inventory of natural resources information and conservation programs in the state, lists the species of greatest conservation needs (SGCN), their key habitats, issues, research needs, and conservation actions. In keeping with Delaware’s Wildlife Action Plan published in 2006, this updated plan published in 2015 acknowledges climate change as a primary challenge to conserving the state’s wildlife population.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Army Corps North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study – Main Report

January 2015

This US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) study, released in January 2015, assesses flood risk from coastal storms for the North Atlantic coast from Virginia to Maine – the states and communities affected by Hurricane Sandy – and recommends strategies for reducing those flood risks. The study was designed to help Sandy-affected states and communities better understand how flood risks will change as a result of climate change and sea-level rise.   It captures the latest scientific information on sea-level rise, and provides state, local, and tribal governments with tools to help them prepare for changing flood risks and apply the lessons learned from the study.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Delaware Valley Indicators of Potential Disadvantage Tool

2014

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Greater Philadelphia/Delaware Valley nine county, two state region. In 2001, DVRPC developed the Indicators of Potential Disadvantage (IPD) - an Environmental Justice (EJ) technical assessment to identify direct and disparate impacts of its plans, programs, and planning process on defined population groups in the Delaware Valley region. DVRPC describes that the Commission is committed to making federal Title VI and environmental justice a part of their planning process, integrated in all programs and plans, and a guide for public participation efforts.

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Encroaching Tides: How Sea Level Rise and Tidal Flooding Threaten U.S. East and Gulf Coast Communities over the Next 30 Years

October 2014

This report from the Union of Concerned Scientists describes the threat of tidal flooding in the East Coast and Gulf regions and offers steps that communities can take to adapt. The report makes the case that tidal flooding, currently just considered a nuisance, could become a daily or weekly occurrence, redefining how and where people along the coast “live, work, play, and move through their daily lives. " Data was collected in 52 locations to provide projections for sea level rise and tidal flooding in the region until 2045.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Erika Spanger-Siegfried, Melanie Fitzpatrick, Kristina Dahl

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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An Analysis of NJ Climate Adaptation Alliance Coastal Recommendations Relative to Recent Programs and Legislation for Climate Adaptation in Delaware, Maryland, and New York

July 2014

This analysis from the NJ Climate Adaptation Alliance (NJCAA) identifies adaptation programs and policies of states in the Mid-Atlantic region with an emphasis on coastal resources and risks. The report compares enacted legislative and administrative changes to agency programs in order to account for coastal impacts from climate change - that are consistent with one or more of the individual recommendations proposed by the NJCAA in Preparing New Jersey for Climate Change: Policy Considerations from the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance.

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Assessing the Legal Toolbox for Sea Level Rise Adaptation in Delaware: Options and Challenges for Regulators, Policymakers, Property Owners, and the Public

May 21, 2014

From the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic at Widener Law, this report reviews the legal tools available for sea level rise adaptation in the State of Delaware, and analyzes the legal issues related to the use of each tool. The report also discusses the current status of the tools under Delaware law, and provides recommendations for changes needed in Delaware law to make them more effective.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Kenneth T. Kristl, Harry Cook, Rebecca Drowos, William Eppler, Joshua Grajewski, Kari Hassett, Jay Patel, Adam Wojewodzki, Justin Forcier

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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