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Paying it Forward: The Path Toward Climate-Safe Infrastructure in California

September 2018

From California’s Climate-Safe Infrastructure Working Group (CSIWG), this report provides a framework for planning for and developing climate resilient infrastructure. The report details the accelerating climate impacts on California’s infrastructure systems and offers short- and long-term recommendations for buildings, water, transportation, and energy infrastructure. Comprehensive guidance is given on the infrastructure design and implementation process that supports climate change mitigation and adaptation, nature-based solutions, and social equity measures.

Related Organizations: California Climate-Safe Infrastructure Working Group

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Massachusetts H 4835 - An Act Promoting Climate Change Adaptation, Environmental and Natural Resource Protection and Investment in Recreational Assets and Opportunity

August 21, 2018

Massachusetts Governor Baker has authorized over $2. 4 billion in capital allocations for investments in adaptation to climate change, protecting environmental resources and green space across the state.  H 4835 enables critical financing for the state and local level environmental and community resilience. The legislation expands and codifies commitments of Executive Order 569 to ensure climate change adaptation and resiliency continue to be prioritized, state agency climate change vulnerability assessments are ongoing, and the State Integrated Hazard Mitigation Plan and Climate Adaptation Plan are continuously updated and implemented.

Related Organizations: State of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Water Supply Protection, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT)

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Dallas Comprehensive Environmental and Climate Action Plan

April 2020

The Dallas Comprehensive Environmental and Climate Action Plan (CECAP) is a roadmap developed by the city and community stakeholders that outlines steps the city can take to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while enhancing the city’s climate resilience. The plan provides an overview of the environmental and climate challenges that the city faces, recommends actions to improve the environmental quality of the city, build resilience, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and identifies funding and partnership opportunities to support plan implementation.

Related Organizations: City of Dallas, Texas

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Monroe County, Florida Resolution 028-2017 - Interim Road Design Standards

January 18, 2017

In 2017, as a result of severe tidal flooding from king (i. e. exceptionally high) tides in 2015 and 2016 and increasing sea-level rise estimates, Monroe County, Florida—a low-lying area covering the Florida Keys and Everglades—adopted interim design standards specifying minimum road elevation requirements. [ref title=""]Monroe County Board of Commissioners Meeting, Wednesday, January 18, 2017; Agenda Items M. 6, M. 7. [/ref] The design standards are largely informed by recommendations included in the County’s Final Report for the Monroe County Pilot Roads Project: The Sands and Twin Lakes Communities (Final Report) which examined nuisance flooding in Key Largo and Big Pine Key, where king tide flooding was highest.

Related Organizations: Monroe County, Florida

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Florida Sea Grant's "Environmentally Compromised Roads" Model Ordinance

October 2015

The “Environmentally Compromised Road Segments” model ordinance provides a framework for local governments in Florida to recognize and proactively address two related challenges: changing environmental conditions that cause natural degradation of public roads and rising maintenance costs. The ordinance does so by creating exceptions to both levels of service and uniform design standards for “environmentally compromised road segments. ” Such road segments must meet certain maintenance cost thresholds and be within areas where typical repair activities and standards are infeasible due to naturally-occurring environmental conditions.

Related Organizations: Florida Sea Grant

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Gleason Beach, California (Highway 1) Road Realignment Project

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is proposing to realign a section of Highway 1 near Gleason Beach in Sonoma County to provide long-term protection from coastal bluff erosion threatening the highway and surrounding area. The highway provides the only access between Bodega Bay and Jenner communities and is the sole vehicular route north to south for coastal Sonoma County. Multiple efforts since the late 1990s have sought to stabilize the roadway in place via various measures to shore up the bluff, but these protective measures cannot offer a reliable long-term solution.

Related Organizations: California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

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Florida “Sacrificial” Roads Projects

2007

Recognizing the increasing maintenance and replacement costs for coastal roads in Florida due to more frequent flooding and storm surge, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) – Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division (EFL), assisted the National Park Service and other partners designing specific roads that are prone to be frequently washed out to have minimal environmental impact. Rising sea levels and coastal storms, which are projected to increase in intensity as a result of climate change, are creating more challenges for building and maintaining transportation infrastructure along coastal shorelines.

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

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Protecting the Public Interest through the National Coastal Zone Management Program: How Coastal States and Territories Use No-Build Areas along Ocean and Great Lake Shorefronts

May 2012

This report provides an overview of policy options for limiting new construction in vulnerable coastal areas, and a summary of existing laws and regulations in states with federally approved coastal management programs (CMPs). To better understand and communicate how state CMPs manage ocean and Great Lake shorefront development, NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) (now a part of the Office for Coastal Management) conducted this study to look specifically at where states are employing shorefront strategies to protect the public interest and natural resources.

Related Organizations: NOAA Office for Coastal Management

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Tribal Leaders Summit on Climate Change: A Focus on Climate Adaptation Planning and Implementation

November 2015

In November 2015, the University of Arizona Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program and Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions convened tribal environmental managers and leaders at a Tribal Leaders Summit to share experiences and build capacity in climate adaptation planning. Participants shared adaptation planning successes and lessons learned, discussed opportunities to supplement climate science with traditional knowledge, and offered feedback on the challenges to implementation.

Related Organizations: The University of Arizona Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program, Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS)

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2018 Green Cincinnati Plan, Ohio: Leveraging Resilience to Become a Climate Haven

April 2018

The City of Cincinnati, Ohio assesses opportunities for local investments in housing and critical services for people relocating in response to climate change in the 2018 Green Cincinnati Plan. The plan is built on three central pillars: Sustainability, Equity and Resilience, and is a strategic document to guide the city’s goals and objectives to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and become more climate resilient. Cincinnati identifies itself as a future “climate haven” that may receive people relocating from more vulnerable areas impacted by climate change, like coastal areas experiencing sea-level rise and flooding. Cincinnati uses the Green Plan to set a roadmap for making preparations to accommodate people moving to the city as a result of this domestic climate “in-migration.” The city has assessed the potential number of people that may relocate there in the future, and conducted a cost-benefit analyses to estimate the fiscal costs for this in-migration. As a result of this analysis, the city proposes how it could move forward with preparing for a new population. This includes identifying future and existing opportunities and programs for supplemental and long-term housing, funding sources to support housing and economic investments, and other “peer” climate haven cities, like Duluth, Minnesota, that can serve as a resource for Cincinnati. Ultimately, Cincinnati finds that it is feasible to become a climate haven, but that it will have to proactively prepare for new residents. The Green Cincinnati Plan can serve as an example for other local jurisdictions anticipating receiving people moving away from their homes in response to climate change.

Related Organizations: City of Cincinnati, Ohio

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