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An Equitable Water Future: Opportunities for the Great Lakes Region 

March 6, 2018

The U.S. Water Alliance has investigated water assets and systems in the Great Lakes region, and the equitable management of these assets. The report describes climate change impacts on water resources, along with other equity issues such as failing infrastructure, affordability, and workforce inclusion. Opportunities for the region to adapt the water sector, and detailed strategies provide a framework for making these water systems more inclusive.

Related Organizations: U.S. Water Alliance

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Great Lakes Green Streets Guidebook

August 2013

This guidebook, published by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), provides examples of roadways projects within the Great Lakes Watershed that utilize green infrastructure methods to improve water quality and reduce stormwater runoff. Developed as a complement to the Low Impact Development Manual for Michigan, the guidebook offers support to municipalities interested in planning, designing, and constructing green streets.

Related Organizations: Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)

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The State of Adaptation in the Great Lakes Region

October 2012

This report presents the results of a survey conducted by EcoAdapt of the climate change adaptation activities in the Great Lakes region as of 2012. The report provides an overview of key climate change impacts affecting the region, and a review of the adaptation efforts, especially those focused on the natural and built environments as they relate to freshwater resources or the freshwater/terrestrial interface.

Related Organizations: EcoAdapt

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Restoring the Great Lakes' Coastal Future - Technical Guidance for the Design and Implementation of Climate-Smart Restoration Projects

2011

The purpose of this report is to provide an initial suite of tools and methods to assist in the planning and implementation of climate-smart restoration by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its partners and grantees. The National Wildlife Federation and EcoAdapt have partnered with NOAA’s Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Program to include climate change in the design and implementation of Great Lakes restoration projects. This guide presents a project-based approach to adjusting restoration activities to address the impacts of climate change on the region.

Related Organizations: National Wildlife Federation, EcoAdapt

Authors or Affiliated Users: Jennie Hoffman, Melinda Koslow, Austin Kane, Douglass B. Inkley, Patty Glick

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Coastal Hazards Planning Guidance for Indiana Coastal Communities

July 2016

Developed under Indiana’s Lake Michigan Coastal Program, Coastal Hazards Planning Guidance for Indiana Coastal Communities provides information for local governments about coastal hazards and planning techniques. The report describes various coastal hazards for the Great Lakes and the state of hazard planning for each of Indiana’s shoreline communities. The guide also reviews many coastal hazard model ordinance provisions, and steps to developing new ordinances from these models.

Related Organizations: Indiana Lake Michigan Coastal Program, Indiana Department of Natural Resources

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Climate Ready Great Lakes Training Modules

July 2012

These training modules provide a basic overview of climate science, climate change impacts in the Great Lakes region and practical guidance for response and adaptation at the local and regional level. Each module consists of a presentation (available in PowerPoint format) and supplemental materials, including worksheets, handouts, and evaluation forms.

Related Organizations: University of Michigan, Great Lakes Sea Grant, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan

February 21, 2010

In February 2009, President Obama proposed $475 million for a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. This Action Plan describes how the Initiative was to be executed from 2010 through 2014, building on the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy (GLRC Strategy), which provided the framework for the Action Plan.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)

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Midwest Climate Hub

2014

The USDA Regional Climate Hubs offer climate adaptation tools, strategies management options, and technical support to farmers, ranchers and forest land owners. The Hubs direct land managers to USDA agencies that can provide program support to enable them to implement climate-informed management practices. The Midwest Climate Hub works with the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Minnesota.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Department of the Interior (DOI): Eastern Tallgrass Prairie & Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative(LCC)

The Eastern Tallgrass Prairie & Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative (ETPBR LCC) is one of 21 LCCs established by Secretarial Order No. 3289, which focus on on-the-ground strategic conservation efforts at the landscape level. LCCs are management-science partnerships that inform integrated resource-management actions addressing climate change and other stressors within and across landscapes linking science and conservation delivery.   They support biological planning, conservation design, prioritizing and coordinating research, and designing species inventory and monitoring programs.

 

 

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Department of the Interior (DOI): Upper Midwest & Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC)

The Upper Midwest & Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative (UMGL LCC) is one of 21 LCCs established by Secretarial Order No. 3289, which focus on on-the-ground strategic conservation efforts at the landscape level. LCCs are management-science partnerships that inform integrated resource-management actions addressing climate change and other stressors within and across landscapes.