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Vulnerability of Major Wastewater Facilities to Flooding from Sea-Level Rise in King County, Washington

July 2008

King County's Wastewater Treatment Division maintains 77 major facilities, 40 of which are situated adjacent to tidally-influenced water bodies. As effects of climate change continue to grow, the potential for flooding at these facilities as the result of sea-level rise must be assessed and mitigated. The first step in planning for the effects of sea-level rise is to identify which facilities are at risk. This report identifies these facilities and their potential for flooding, considering the effects of both sea-level rise and storm surges, and then recommends the next steps in planning for this change.

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Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland's Vulnerability to Climate Change - Phase I: Sea-level rise and coastal storms

July 2008

On April 20, 2007 Governor Martin O'Malley signed Executive Order 01.01.2007.07, establishing the Maryland Commission on Climate Change. The Commission created four Adaptation and Response Working Groups to develop the adaptation portions of the state's Climate Action Plan. With a focus on sea-level rise and coastal storms, the four groups were: Existing and Future Built Environment and Infrastructure; Financial and Economic; Human Health, Safety and Welfare; and Natural Resources.

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Green Infrastructure Approaches to Managing Wet Weather with Clean Water State Revolving Funds

July 2008

This fact sheet provides local governments and stormwater utilities with information on how to use the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) to finance green infrastructure projects. After a quick primer on green infrastructure and the CWSRF, the fact sheet details why the CWSRF is an attractive financing option for green infrastructure and which green infrastructure projects are eligible for CWSRF assistance, and provides case studies of how communities have used the CWSRF to finance green infrastructure projects.

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Adaptation: An Issue Brief for Business

July 2008

From the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, this publication provides an overview of adaptation from a business perspective. It describes potential impacts of climate change, risks and opportunities for business, and why business should consider adaptation planning and measures. The report also summarizes intergovernmental efforts to promote adaptation in vulnerable regions and highlights areas in which business could have a role in promoting adaptation, both at community and global levels.

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FHWA - Integrating Climate Change into the Transportation Planning Process

July 2008

This report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) seeks to advance the practice of transportation planning among state, regional, and local transportation planning agencies. In addition to identifying ways to reduce greenhouse gases in the transportation sector, the report reviews related climate change impacts, and discusses how state DOT's and MPO's can consider these impacts in their long-range transportation planning, as well as in Transportation Improvement Programs (TIP). The report also identifies the successes and challenges experienced by numerous state and local agencies already incorporating climate change into transportation planning processes.

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Synthesis and Assessment Product (SAP) 3.3: Weather and Climate Extremes in a Changing Climate. Regions of Focus: North America, Hawaii, Caribbean, and U.S. Pacific Islands

June 2008

This report is one in a series of 21 Synthesis and Assessment Products (SAPs) created between 2004 and 2009 by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, aimed at providing current assessments of climate change science in the U.S. to inform public debate, policy, and operational decisions. This SAP assesses the state of knowledge concerning changes in weather and climate extremes in North America, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and U.S. Pacific Islands.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Thomas R. Karl, Gerald A. Meehl, Christopher D. Miller, Susan J. Hassol, Anne M. Waple, William L. Murray

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Connecticut Public Act No. 08-98, Substitute House Bill No 5600

June 2, 2008

Public Act No. 08-98, An Act Concerning Global Warming Solutions, took effect on October 1, 2008 and set greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals for the State of Connecticut. Section 7 of this Act calls for the Governor's Steering Committee on Climate Change to create a sub-committee to (1) assess the impacts of climate change on state and local infrastructure, public health, and natural resources and habitats; (2) develop recommendations and plans that would enable state and local government to adapt to such impacts; and (3) provide technical assistance to implement recommendations and plans.

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Synthesis and Assessment Product (SAP) 4.4: Preliminary Review of Adaptation Options for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources

June 2008

This report is one in a series of 21 Synthesis and Assessment Products (SAPs) produced between 2004 and 2009 by the U.S Climate Change Science Program, aimed at providing current assessments of climate change science in the U.S. to inform public debate, policy, and operational decisions.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Susan H. Julius, Jordan M. West, Jill S. Baron, Linda A. Joyce, Peter Kareiva, Brian D. Keller, Margaret Palmer, Charles Peterson, Michael J. Scott

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Treasure Island Adaptation Strategy For Sea Level Rise, Part I: Background and Projections

June 2008

This report is part of a series of case studies of Bay Area local planning efforts and projects that address climate change impacts that the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission's (BCDC) Adaptation Assistance Program (AAP), San Francisco National Estuarine Research Reserve (SF NERR) Coastal Training Program, and NOAA Coastal Services Center (CSC) are working together to develop. Target audiences for the case studies are local land use planners and resource managers who are interested in seeing examples of how others in the region have assessed climate change risks and incorporated policies and actions into local plans and/or adaptive design features into projects.

Author or Affiliated User: Dr. Susan Tonkin

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Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future: Next Steps

June 2008

This report, along with the 2006 report, "Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future," and the 2010 report, "Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future: 2010 Progress Report," include consensus recommendations for how the Western states can work with federal, local, and private sector partners to address the challenges of over-appropriated watersheds, population growth, land use changes, water needs for in-stream uses, and of water supply and water management strategies in general.

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