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Clean Water: Foundation of Healthy Communities and a Healthy Environment

April 27, 2011

This report compiles ongoing initiatives at four federal agencies in the Obama Administration to protect American water resources. The document summarizes programs of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Department of the Interior (DOI), and their partners, to preserve water quality and supply. The report describes new agency water resource initiatives, including updated draft guidance regarding Clean Water Act jurisdiction.

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The Value of Green Infrastructure for Urban Climate Adaptation

February 2011

In this paper the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) provides information on the costs and benefits of “green” infrastructure solutions for bolstering local adaptation to climate change. The report provides examples of a variety of approaches to incorporating green practices as well as the benefits to urban communities, such as improvements in land value, quality of life, public health, hazard mitigation, and regulatory compliance.   A selection of green infrastructure solutions are evaluated for their performance and benefits, discerning their value for climate adaptation.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Josh Foster, Ashley Lowe, Steve Winkelman

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Lessons Learned on Local Climate Adaptation from the Urban Leaders Adaptation Initiative

February 2011

This report summarizes the main findings of the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP)'s Urban Leaders Adaptation Initiative. In partnership with government leaders from ten large counties and cities, CCAP launched the Initiative to foster local climate adaptation efforts and to develop and implement climate resilient strategies. This report provides an assessment of general lessons learned over the course of the project and thoughts about future directions for local climate adaptation.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Josh Foster, Steve Winkelman, Ashley Lowe

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Preparing for Climate Change in Groton, Connecticut: A Model Process for Communities in the Northeast

April 2011

Through the Long Island Sound Study, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability USA and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) partnered with Groton, Connecticut to conduct an analysis of how and if federal, state, and local stakeholders could collaborate to enhance resilience towards climate change at the local level. The Long Island Sound Study (LISS) is a National Estuary Program and is eligible for EPA grants under the climate change initiative Climate Ready Estuaries.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Missy Stults, Jennifer Pagach

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Miami-Dade County Roadmap for Adapting to Coastal Risk

March 3, 2011

With assistance from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center, the Miami-Dade County Office of Sustainability hosted a workshop for county department staff from across all sectors to learn about potential sea level rise (SLR) impacts on county assets and processes, provide input on a county-wide vulnerability assessment, and identify opportunities to adapt to SLR and other climate impacts. The workshop employed NOAA’s Roadmap for Adapting to Coastal Risk, which provides communities with a framework for conducting a participatory assessment of community vulnerability to coastal hazards as well as an approach for incorporating relevant risk information into local planning.

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Managed Retreat Strategies

This NOAA website explains the concept of managed retreat as an adaptation strategy to address issues caused by sea-level rise and increased storm surge and erosion. It describes two case studies of managed retreat projects in Pacifica and Ventura California.

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Waterfront Action Agenda: Transforming New York City's Waterfront

March 2011

The Waterfront Action Agenda is the three year implementation component of 'Vision 2020: New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan. ' The Action Agenda organizes each project under one of the eight goals of 'Vision 2020', identifies the City agency leading its implementation, and lists the date by which the project will be undertaken. The Agenda includes 130 specific, high-priority projects - a set of projects chosen for their ability to catalyze investment in waterfront enhancement.   It contains neighborhood strategies and specifies recommendations for individual sites along the waterfront.

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Alaska Highway Case Study: Heat Transfer, Permafrost Degradation, and Transportation Infrastructure Stability

2011

The Alaska University Transportation Center (AUTC) of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, has supported multiple projects to research measures to reduce permafrost thaw and the resulting impacts to roads, specifically along the Alaska Highway (the only road connecting Alaska to the continental U. S. ). Structural damage occurs when the permafrost under road infrastructure thaws. Thermal modeling demonstrates that the stability of permafrost below roadways and embankments is greatly affected by surface temperatures of roadways, and it has therefore been predicted that as the climate warms, permafrost degradation will be a major issue for the design and maintenance of roads in Alaska.

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Natural Resource Defense Council: Rooftops to Rivers II

2011

From the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), Rooftops to Rivers II describes the challenges of managing stormwater, and the benefits and economics of employing green infrastructure to do so. The report explains how population growth, changing landscapes, aging infrastructure, and climate change are placing increasing pressures on stormwater management. Highly detailed case studies are developed for 14 cities that are all leaders in employing green infrastructure solutions to address stormwater challenges.

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Seattle Public Utilities - Street Edge Alternatives

2011

In 2001, Seattle Public Utilities completed construction of its Seattle Street Edge Alternatives (SEA Streets) project, in which a single residential block was retrofitted with vegetated swales and rain gardens. SEA Streets was a pilot demonstration project designed to return drainage and vegetation in the area to a natural systems approach - providing community and street level aesthetic benefits, as well as contributing to the management of rainfall with green alternatives to stormwater drainage.

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