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Use of Natural and Nature-Based Features for Coastal Resilience

January 2015

This US Army Corps of Engineers report describes different coastal resilience measures that can be implemented to reduce risks from flooding and erosion.  It is designed to help policymakers use natural and nature-based features (NNBF) to enhance coastal resilience while minimizing impacts to the coastal environment. The report fills knowledge gaps about how NNBF can be used to reduce flooding and erosion risk and provides relevant information and studies to inform implementation of NNBF projects.

Related Organizations: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

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What Cities Should Do: A Guide to Resilient Power Planning

March 2015

What Cities Should Do: A Guide to Resilient Power Planning is a series of guidelines and best practices for cities and towns preparing for widespread power outages from severe weather events. According to the authors, cities should have resilient power plans for critical public and private facilities in order to protect their most vulnerable citizens - but few cities have focused on risks and mitigation strategies associated with extended grid power outages for critical assets. This paper calls for a systematic approach to protect critical facilities with resilient power solutions, including solar photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage, combined heat-and-power (CHP), and fuel cells systems.

Related Organizations: Clean Energy Group, Meridian Institute

Authors or Affiliated Users: Lew Milford, Robert Sanders

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Implications for Local Planning Practice of Policy Recommendations of the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance

February 2015

This white paper reviews policy recommendations from the New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance’s 2014 state policy report in order to provide a more detailed assessment on what actions are necessary to implement the recommendation. The authors describe the current activities and additional options that local planners may use to implement each policy recommendation.

Related Organizations: New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance

Author or Affiliated User: David Kinsey

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ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability: Climate Resilient Communities Program

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability Climate Resilient Communities (CRC) Program is the first comprehensive, national climate adaptation program tailored to local governments. The CRC works with cities, towns, and counties to increase their resilience to climate change impacts, and in the process save money and create safer, healthier communities.

Related Organizations: ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

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FEMA Mitigation Best Practices Portfolio

FEMA's Mitigation Best Practices Portfolio collects and publishes examples of successful hazard mitigation and best practices for use by individuals and communities to reduce or prevent damage during disasters.

Related Organizations: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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Washington, DC Flood Levee System Improvements

December 2014

To prevent water from the Potomac and Anacostia rivers from flooding downtown Washington, D. C. , the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is improving the levee system along the north side of the National Mall, running from the Lincoln Memorial to the Washington Monument.   A levee system was originally erected to protect the District in 1939, following a major flood event in 1936.   This project will improve the levee system through a series of upgrades: a permanent closure at 23rd Street and Fort McNair, and the installation of a more robust removable wall, which will provide flood protection but also allow for traffic flow on 17th street between flood events.

Related Organizations: National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), District of Columbia Department of Transportation, National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Launched in 2010, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) is the result of multi-sector, community-based collaboration among federal agencies to protect and restore the Great Lakes system. Members of the GLRI Task Force include the Council on Environmental Quality, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of the Interior, and the Department of State, among others.

Related Organizations: U.S. Forest Service (USFS), National Park Service (NPS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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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.

Related Organizations: Executive Office of the President of the United States, U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

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Plumb Beach Renourishment Project and Protection of Belt Parkway, Brooklyn, New York

2013

The Plumb Beach Renourishment Project involved the placement of sand on the beach to protect the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn, NY. The project, which is managed by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), is ongoing and is being implemented in two phases. In Phase I, the Corps nourished the beach with dredged sand and installed several geotube groins (sand bags) to prevent short-term erosion of the newly-deposited sand. Phase I was completed days before hurricane Sandy devastated the Northeast region.

Related Organizations: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, New York Department of State, New York City Department of Transportation, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, City of New York, New York, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), National Park Service (NPS)

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Holistically Analyzing the Benefits of Green Infrastructure - Guidance for Local Governments

October 2017

The University of Maryland’s Environmental Finance Center developed this document for smaller, local governments with municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4) to evaluate the co-benefits of implementing green infrastructure (GI) in response to stormwater regulations. The report includes a discussion of measurement and valuation of GI benefits, and recommends using the triple-bottom-line framework (environmental, social, economic) to assess the value of GI.  Green infrastructure offers many benefits to climate adaptation and resilience which are detailed in this report, such as flood mitigation, water supply augmentation, heat island mitigation, and public health benefits.

Related Organizations: Environmental Finance Center, University of Maryland

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