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U.S. Drought Portal

This website provides online access to basic information regarding drought in the U.S., including national and regional data sources, up-to-date reports of incidents and impacts, and links to upcoming events. The website is a product of the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS).

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Pacific Institute Water Resources and Tools

The Pacific Institute's website provides tools for researchers, water managers, community organizers, journalists, and just about anyone who is studying the issues of freshwater resources, climate change, environmental justice, and globalization.

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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Puget Sound Watershed Management Assistance Program

The Puget Sound is a coastal/inland waterway in Washington state, and is considered to be one of the most ecologically diverse ecosystems in North America. The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Puget Sound Watershed Management Assistance Program supports the protection and restoration of Puget Sound aquatic resources in areas threatened by development. These grants are given to local and tribal governments and special purpose districts. The grants support the development of land use management tools to manage and minimize the effects of population and economic growth on water quality and aquatic habitat.

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City of Marina, California Urban Growth Boundary Initiative

November 2000

In November 2000, the City of Marina approved an update to add an Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) to its city General Plan and Local Coastal Program (LCP) to prevent urban sprawl and to preserve undeveloped land near the coast. The main purpose of the UGB Initiative is to restrict land within the UGB to open space and recreational uses until at least December 31, 2020 (when the current initiative expires, unless it is extended by the city). Low-density zones that were mapped along the coast provide the guidance and land-use controls for these areas. While the UGB and low-density zones were not established for the explicit purpose of managed retreat, they can serve as an example of land-use and zoning tools other municipalities could consider to conserve coasts, natural resources, and other open spaces in the face of sea-level rise and erosion.

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King County, Washington Flood Buyout and Home Elevation Program

Any structure located in a flood-prone area of unincorporated King County, Washington may be eligible for the Flood Buyout or Home Elevation Program grant funds. Structures covered by flood insurance with a history of repetitive flooding and those properties identified as part of a project in the Flood Hazard Management Plan will be more likely to be given priority for available program and grant funds. 

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Sea Level Rise and Global Climate Change: A Review of Impacts to U.S. Coasts

February 2000

This early report, published by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change (now Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, C2ES), describes the threat that sea level rise poses, and identifies the specific types of impacts this phenomenon will likely have. The state of understanding of the impacts on U.S. coasts is reviewed, and impacts described include inundation of wetlands and lowlands, coastal erosion, increased vulnerability to flooding, and salinization of the water supply. 

Authors or Affiliated Users: James E. Neumann, Gary Yohe, Robert Nicholls, Michelle Manion

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National Weather Service Flood Loss Summary Reports

From NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS), this website provides annual monetary totals, adjusted to inflation each year, for national flood loss or flood damages. In addition, the website offers quick access to numerous data services provided by the NWS, including forecasts, climate predictions, and current climate observations, among others.

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Western Water Assessment's Intermountain West Climate Summary

The Western Water Assessment's (WWA) Intermountain West Climate Summary (IWCS) provided the latest climate information for Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming in a simple compact document aimed at water managers, planners and policy makers with water-related interests. These summaries were released approximately eight times annually starting in 2005, before the IWCS was discontinued in 2012.

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FGDC GeoPlatform Website

The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) GeoPlatform website provides access to federally-maintained data and resources related to coastal flooding, sea level rise, and their impacts. The website also provides data from government partners (state, tribal, regional and local) and non-governmental organizations. Platform users can access available data and share customized maps through web browsers and mobile applications.

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AASHTO’s Resilient and Sustainable Transportation Systems Program

AASHTO's Sustainable Transportation: Energy, Infrastructure, and Climate Solutions Technical Assistance Program is designed to assist State Departments of Transportation in understanding the potential effects of climate change, and the range of strategies and options for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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