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Confronting Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region: Impacts on Our Communities and Ecosystems

January 1, 2003

This report released by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and the Ecological Society of America examines the potential impacts of climate change upon the various ecosystems of the Great Lakes region. While somewhat dated, it is still highly relevant, and is cited in numerous subsequent impact studies. An updated Executive Summary was also released in 2005, which considered the findings of over 24 additional studies in the region. State summaries are also available on an interactive and comprehensive Union of Concerned Scientists website designed to represent the findings in this report.

Author or Affiliated User: George W. Kling et al

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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.

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Minneapolis 2040 - Minneapolis, Minnesota Comprehensive Plan

2019

Minneapolis 2040 is the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Comprehensive Plan -  that will guide policy and decision making in the city in terms of the built, natural and economic environment for the next ten years. The document includes 14 Goals adopted by the City Council in 2017 that articulate the plan’s intent. One of the plan’s primary goals is for the city to become climate resilient by 2040, which includes a number of adaptation policies and actions for near-term implementation. The Comprehensive Plan includes 100 Policies, each of which supports one or more of the primary goals.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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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.

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Minnesota State Hazard Mitigation Plan 2019 - Including Recommended Actions for Climate Change Adaptation

March 18, 2019

Minnesota’s 2019 State All-Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) includes recommended actions for climate adaptation for the first time in the state’s hazard mitigation planning process. Developed in collaboration with the Interagency Climate Adaptation Team (ICAT), the HMP includes priority adaptation needs for state government from the ICAT 2017 Report - Adapting to Climate Change in Minnesota. The HMP provides assessments of hazard risk, reviews current state and local hazard mitigation and climate adaptation capacity and programs, and includes climate adaptation strategies for Minnesota’s state agencies and programs.

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Adapting to Climate Change in Minnesota: 2017 Report of the Interagency Climate Adaptation Team

May 2017

This report summarizes observed and projected climate impacts in Minnesota, describes Minnesota state agency activities that are helping to adapt to climate change, presents statewide climate adaptation indicators, and provides recommendations for future state action and interagency collaboration. This 2017 report updates and expands on Minnesota’s Interagency Climate Adaptation Team (ICAT) 2013 document - Adapting to Climate Change in Minnesota.

Author or Affiliated User: Paul Moss

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Climate Adaptation Workshop for Minnesota Higher Educational Institutions

January 31, 2017

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency worked with a team of college and university representatives to develop a one-day workshop "Climate Adaptation in Minnesota Higher Educational Institutions" to further build climate adaptation leadership on Minnesota campuses. The event was held on January 31st, 2017 at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus. Approximately 130 college and university faculty, staff and students participated in this interactive program. The goals of the workshop were to illustrate how higher educational institutions can recognize the impacts of climate change, develop adaptation strategies, and inspire resilient solutions in Minnesota.

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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FHWA Resilience Pilots

FHWA supported the work of state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to develop and pilot approaches for assessing the vulnerability of transportation systems to climate change and develop strategies for building resilience in the transportation sector. Nineteen pilot projects were selected and the pilot jurisdictions worked with FHWA's Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessment Framework. This FHWA website includes the individual pilot studies for the pilot projects funded in 2013-2015 and webinars of the pilot teams discussing their work and their findings.

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Minnesota Sentinel Lakes Program

The Section of Fisheries of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is leading a statewide collaborative effort to develop a system to monitor and record biological and chemical changes that occur in a sample of lakes that are representative of the state’s most common lakes. The program is designed to understand and predict the consequences of land use and climate change on lake habitats. This research builds off of the Sustaining Lakes in a Changing Environment program, or SLICE, that began in 2008.

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Rural Climate Dialogues: Minnesota State Convening

September 2016

This brief report summarizes “Dialogues” or discussions between Minnesota state agencies and local community members to begin planning for climate change and resilience in rural Minnesota.  The Jefferson Center and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy convened three Rural Climate Dialogues - in Stevens, Itasca, and Winona Counties - generating “deliberative public engagement” and a shared community response to address climate change. A common priority expressed by all three communities was the need to support local initiatives through state agencies and programs.

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