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Innovative Approaches for Adapting to Water Variability in the West

May 2012

This brief reviews three approaches that communities are pursuing to adapt to climate change:

  • New Mexico's Active Water Resource Management program, which put rules into place that allow for temporary water use changes in real time in case of drought.
  • The Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA), which was founded by water managers concerned by a gap in climate assessment and adaptation science needed to support their decisions.
  • Colorado's Joint Front Range Climate Change Vulnerability Study, which brings together the state and water utilities to assess climate change's impact on local water availability.

Author or Affiliated User: Sarah Cottrell Propst

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Delaware Sea Level Rise Initiative

September 2011

The Delaware Coastal Programs Section of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is leading a multi-year Sea Level Rise Initiative to help assess, prepare for and minimize the potential impacts of sea level rise. The Sea Level Rise Initiative Project Compendium was released in September 2011, which provides an inventory of all of Delaware Coastal Programs' projects related to sea level rise. It is intended to help increase collaboration between agencies, reduce redundancy and overlap in projects relating to sea level rise and to relay information about new data, information and tools.

Author or Affiliated User: Susan Love

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Pennsylvania Climate Adaptation Planning Report: Risks and Practical Recommendations

2011

The first multi-sector, statewide effort to identify practical strategies for addressing climate change impacts, this report includes the recommendations for climate change adaptation of four sector-specific working groups: Infrastructure, Public Health and Safety, Natural Resources, and Tourism and Outdoor Recreation.  It builds upon the 2010 report  “Weathering Climate Change: Framing Strategies to Minimize the Impacts on Pennsylvania Ecosystems and Wildlife."

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Climate Ready States and Cities Initiative

December 2, 2010

Through the Climate Ready States and Cities Initiative, CDC supports health departments in the assessment of climate impacts on public health, and in the development of adaptation plans and programs. Funding from this Initiative has supported the following states and cities: 

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A Community Climate and Energy Action Plan for Eugene, Oregon

September 2010

In 2008, in response to increasing concerns about global climate change and the potential for volatile and rising fuel prices, the City Council of Eugene, Oregon developed its first Community Climate and Energy Action Plan. The Plan's goals include reducing community-wide greenhouse gas emissions 10 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, reducing community-wide fossil fuel use 50 percent by 2030, and identifying strategies that will help the community adapt to climate change and rising fuel prices.

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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan

February 21, 2010

In February 2009, President Obama proposed $475 million for a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. This Action Plan describes how the Initiative was to be executed from 2010 through 2014, building on the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy (GLRC Strategy), which provided the framework for the Action Plan.

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Climate Adaptation and Federal Megadisaster Policy: Lessons from Katrina

February 2010

This issue brief is one in a series that results from a domestic adaptation research project conducted by Resources for the Future.

Author or Affiliated User: Marc Landy

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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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City of New York Climate Change Assessment and Action Plan (NYC Department of Environmental Protection)

May 2008

This report summarizes analysis and actions that address New York City's drinking water delivery, storm water management, and waste water treatment systems. It presents the steps that the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has taken over the last four years (2004-2008) to address climate change, including efforts to assess the impacts of climate change on NYC's water systems, and identifies opportunities for meaningful changes to water management. The report includes the findings and recommendations to date of DEP's Climate Change Program and Task Force and the immediate actions that the DEP has committed to undertaking to manage climate impacts.

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A Review of the Impacts of Climate Variability and Change on Aeroallergens and Their Associated Effects

August 2008

This report presents a survey of the current state of knowledge of the potential impacts of climate change and variability on aeroallergens—pollen, mold, and indoor allergens—in the United States and the allergic diseases associated with them. The report focuses on the three main allergic diseases that have been associated with exposure to aeroallergens—allergic rhinitis (hay fever), asthma, and atopic dermatitis (eczema)— and the associated health effects and economic burdens they impose.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Janet L. Gamble, Colleen E. Reid, Ellen Post, Jason Sacks

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