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Connecticut Executive Order No. 66: State Water Plan (and State Water supply as Public Trust)

June 14, 2018

Connecticut Governor Malloy’s executive order directs the state’s Water Planning Council (WPC) to immediately implement the State Water Plan - that was submitted to the Connecticut General Assembly in January 2018. The EO recommits to the definition of water as a public trust – a declaration of public policy that has been in the state statute for more than 40 years. A Public Trust is essentially a policy that recognizes the public’s inherent right to water, among many other rights.

Related Organizations: State of Connecticut

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Boston Planning and Development Agency - Smart Utilities Policy

June 14, 2018

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Smart Utilities Policy has been launched as a two-year pilot program for resilient infrastructure planning in the City of Boston, Massachusetts. The policy adopts five “Smart Utility Technologies” (SUTs) that prepare Boston’s utility infrastructure for the impacts of climate change such as heat waves and flooding. A Microgrid, or centralized energy system, will be developed that can disconnect from the main electric utility grid during power outages.

Related Organizations: City of Boston, Massachusetts, Boston Planning and Development Agency

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Extreme weather events: How hard lessons strengthen resilience against the next big event

June 11, 2018

Zurich Insurance Company used its Post-Event Review Capability (PERC) methodology to analyze major flood events in terms of disaster risk management. PERC studies were conducted on 12 flooding disasters worldwide between 2013 and 2018 including floods in Boulder, CO in 2013; Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina, 2015; and Houston in 2017. The report describes the various steps of the disaster risk management cycle, as well as the challenges and focal strategies for risk managers in preparing for and responding to disasters.

Related Organizations: Zurich Insurance Group Ltd.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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NOAA 2017 State of U.S. High Tide Flooding with a 2018 Outlook

June 6, 2018

NOAA has produced this annual update of the state of coastal high tide flooding every year since 2014. This type of flooding occurs when water levels measured at NOAA tide gauges exceed heights based on the national flooding thresholds that are released in February by NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services. This report updates high tide flood frequencies during 2017 (based on the meteorological year: May 2017-April 2018) at 98 NOAA tide gauges, and provides a statistical outlook for 2018 (May 2018 - April 2019).

Related Organizations: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Connecticut SB 7: An Act Concerning Climate Change Planning and Resiliency (Public Act 18-82)

June 6, 2018

SB 7 supports both climate change mitigation and adaptation measures for Connecticut, with directives that will help to prepare the state for climate impacts, primarily sea level rise. Connecticut’s statutory references to sea level rise will now reflect the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation’s (CIRCA) planning recommendation of nearly two feet by 2050. The legislation requires all state or federally-funded coastal infrastructure projects to take this new sea level rise projection into account when being planned and developed.

Related Organizations: State of Connecticut

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Foster City, California Measure P - Sea level rise abatement bond

June 5, 2018

Measure P is a $90 million bond measure approved by Foster City, San Francisco Bay area of California in June 2018, that will fund structural projects to reduce flood risks from sea level rise. Residential, office and commercial property owners will see an annual tax rate increase of approximately $40 per $100,000 of assessed property value.    

Related Organizations: Foster City, California

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California Proposition 68 - Parks, Environment, and Water Bond

June 5, 2018

Proposition 68 is a $4 billion bond measure to protect California’s water, parks, and natural resources, while bolstering climate adaptation, resilience, and social equity statewide. This proposition allows the state to sell General Obligation bonds for various natural resources-related programs - including $443 million to be allocated for climate adaptation and resiliency projects throughout the state.  California Senate Bill 5 (De León), “California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018” put this bond measure on the June 5, 2018 ballot.

Related Organizations: State of California

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Florida Adaptation Planning Guidebook

June 2018

The Florida Adaptation Planning Guidebook, developed at the culmination of the state's multi-year Community Resiliency Initiative, provides a step-by-step framework to assist local governments in Florida with preparing for the impacts of sea-level rise, particularly impacts of coastal flooding and erosion, and changes in ecosystems. The guidebook describes the steps of adaptation planning in the context of existing requirements and optional designations under state legislation passed since 2011, including the optional Adaptation Action Areas designation (Community Planning Act) and the requirements to consider sea-level rise in redevelopment policies (SB 1094, Peril of Flood Act).

Related Organizations: Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

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Climate Ready Communities - A Practical Guide to Building Climate Resilience

2018

The Climate Ready Communities guide outlines actions to support the development of a city, town, county or tribe climate adaptation plan. The guidance is built on the Geos Institute’s Whole Community Resilience Framework, and offers community level strategic planning for climate adaptation.  This “Do-It-Yourself” guide incorporates strategies for community engagement, social equity, and cross-sectoral integration - with detailed instructions for vulnerability assessments and plan development.

Related Organizations: Geos Institute

Authors or Affiliated Users: Tonya Graham, Marni Koopman

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Azavea Climate Lab and API

2018

Azavea’s climate change analysis tool is designed to help local decision-makers adapt with standardized, localized and accessible climate data. The application supports interactive climate impact modeling, and is scaled to cities nationwide. The Climate API provides access to historic and projected (1950-2100) low temperature, high temperature and precipitation data  - with 22 climate indicators for over 1,000 U. S. locations.  The Lab features downloadable charts for inclusion in presentations and briefs, as well as direct downloads for the data and reproducible API calls for users looking to incorporate these data into other applications.

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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