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North Carolina Flood Risk Information System

May 19, 2014

In North Carolina, the state developed a Flood Risk Information System to improve the accuracy and functionality of the state's floodplain maps, and to help local governments and state agencies make decisions about how to reduce flood losses (or mitigate flood risks). The state digitized the floodplain maps developed by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) using high-resolution LiDAR data for the entire state, and developed this System to make the maps more accurate and easier to use. This System incorporates additional data layers not included on FEMA floodplain maps - such as flood depth damage information determined from building footprints, parcel information, and first floor elevations.

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One Storm Shy of Despair: A Climate-Smart Plan for the Administration to Help Low-Income Communities

July 17, 2014

This Center for American Progress report assesses how low-income communities in the U.S. are disproportionately vulnerable to climate change effects. The report offers recommendations for policymakers to build community resilience to extreme weather events, environmental hazards, and economic security for low-income communities.

Author or Affiliated User: Cathleen Kelly

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Climate Change & Community of Color: Key Poll Findings and Top Lines

2014

This report summarizes a 2014 poll that assessed people of color's views on climate change. It finds that climate change is a high profile issue for communities of color. It also finds that voters of color see economic benefits to investing in the green economy and see addressing climate change as a moral obligation. The poll  surveyed 800 registered African American, Latino, and Asian voters in the summer of 2014. 

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The Challenge of Mitigating Virginia’s Flooding and Sea Level Rise Impacts

November 2014

This report outlines potential flood risk within Hampton Roads, Virginia, finding nearly $431,000,000 in pending costs to fix flood-damaged structures. The study also found that, at current rates of hazard mitigation payments from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), it would take between 78-188 years to clear a backlog of flood-damaged property needs. Given this situation, Wetlands Watch suggests using revolving loan funds to meet the sea level rise adaptation needs in coastal Virginia.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Skip Stiles, Shareen Hughes, Mary-Carson Stiff, Shannon Hulst

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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DOE: The Water-Energy Nexus - Challenges and Opportunities

June 2014

From the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), this report describes the integrated challenges and opportunities around the water-energy nexus nationwide.  DOE acknowledges the increased urgency to address the water-energy nexus in an proactive way due to climate change impacts  - and details these impacts and related decision-making needs.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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An Analysis of NJ Climate Adaptation Alliance Coastal Recommendations Relative to Recent Programs and Legislation for Climate Adaptation in Delaware, Maryland, and New York

July 2014

This analysis from the NJ Climate Adaptation Alliance (NJCAA) identifies adaptation programs and policies of states in the Mid-Atlantic region with an emphasis on coastal resources and risks. The report compares enacted legislative and administrative changes to agency programs in order to account for coastal impacts from climate change - that are consistent with one or more of the individual recommendations proposed by the NJCAA in Preparing New Jersey for Climate Change: Policy Considerations from the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts, Climate Action and Clean Energy Plan

February 2014

The Pioneer Valley Climate Action and Clean Energy Plan presents an impact assessment of climate change in the Pioneer Valley region of Massachusetts, and provides many local and regional climate adaptation strategies. This plan identifies the amounts and sources of the Pioneer Valley’s greenhouse gas emissions; offers regional targets for GHG reduction in a Clean Energy Plan Update; and recommends detailed strategies for both mitigating and adapting to climate change impacts. 

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Climate Change Adaptation Plan

October 2014

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, Federal agencies released their agency Sustainability Plans and Climate Change Adaptation Plans on October 31, 2014. The agencies have been directed to assess their vulnerabilities to climate change impacts in these plans, and to outline how they will protect Federal programs, assets and investments.

Author or Affiliated User: Chris Gillespie

Resource Category: Planning

 

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EPA Healthy Watersheds Initiative

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Healthy Watersheds Initiative encourages states, local governments, watershed organizations and others to protect and maintain healthy water bodies. 

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Ready and Resilient: A Guide to Extreme Weather for Saint Paul Residents

June 2014

This report on climate impacts of Saint Paul, Minnesota, describes the results of a climate impact assessment, and offers best practices and measures that residents can take to protect themselves. 

Authors or Affiliated Users: Samantha Burlager, Akilah Sanders-Reed

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