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A Study of Regional Partnerships and Collaborative Approaches for Enhanced Local Government Adaptation to Climate Change

June 7, 2010

Through exploration of regional partnerships and collaborative programs, this study identifies how the need to adapt to the impacts of climate change is being built into local government policy, planning and operations in the United Kingdom, European Union, Canada and the U.S.

Author or Affiliated User: Nina Rogers

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Adaptations to Sustain High-Quality Freshwater Supplies in Response to Climate Change

June 2010

This issue brief recommends a number of actions to help create a policy environment that encourages adaptive responses in times of hydrological uncertainty.   Policy recommendations include, for example, increasing redundancy among natural and built freshwater systems to provide higher levels of functional resiliency; linking regional and national levels of data collection and modeling of hurricanes, floods, and droughts to improve long-term forecasts and proactive, adaptive responses; and additional coordination of federal and state agencies to enhance adaptive responses through long-term strategic planning of shared solutions to water scarcity.

Author or Affiliated User: Alan P. Covich

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Edmonston, Maryland Green Streets Project

2010

Edmonston, a small town near Washington DC in Prince George’s County, MD, created a “green street” to address previous problems with flooding on Decatur Street near the Anacostia River. The town wanted to better manage that flooding and improve water quality, as well as to manage traffic by narrowing the street.   The project utilizes a variety of green infrastructure tools to reduce stormwater runoff, thereby decreasing the amount of polluted water that enters the Anacostia River.   While the project does not specifically reference climate change as a motivation, the methodology and considerations for this project, could be useful for a jurisdiction that will experience heavier precipitation due to climate change.

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An Assessment of Decision-Making Processes: The Feasibility of Incorporating Climate Change Information into Land Protection Planning (Final Report)

March 2010

Because land protection decisions are long-term, hard to reverse, and resource intensive, these decisions are important to consider in the context of climate change. Climate change may directly affect the services intended for protection and parcel selection can exacerbate or ameliorate certain impacts. Therefore, when considering long-term acquisition strategies, land protection programs should be considering both the mitigation potential of land through carbon sequestration and the adaptation potential of the land for preserving wildlife migration routes, protecting water sources, and buffering infrastructure and development from storm events.

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Adapting to Climate Change - A Call for Federal Leadership

March 2010

This report discusses the federal government’s importance in mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change on the U. S. economy and domestic natural resources. This report presents analysis and recommendations for creating a National Adaptation Program in the U. S. federal government, including a suggested organizational structure and key federal roles. The recommended program has three major components: an Adaptation Strategic Planning Initiative, a National Climate Service, and an Adaptation Research Program.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Joel B. Smith, Jason M. Vogel, Terri L. Cruce, Stephen Seidel, Heather A. Holsinger

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EC PREPARED Enabling Change Project

February 2010

The European Commission (EC) supported the Collaborative project "PREPARED Enabling Change" (PREPARED), which worked with a group of European urban water utilities to develop strategies to address potential climate change impacts on the water and sanitation sectors.

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Weathering Climate Change: Framing Strategies to Minimize Impacts on Pennsylvania Ecosystems and Wildlife

March 24, 2010

As an initial effort to inform Pennsylvania’s climate adaptation planning process, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and The Nature Conservancy interviewed stakeholders from state and federal natural resource management agencies, research institutions, and environmental non-profit organizations. The findings from the interviews are presented in this report subtitled: “Perspectives from Conservation Leaders and Experts on Climate Change Adaptation.

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An Action Plan for Public Health: Initial Recommendations for Involving Public Health in Climate Change Policy

April 1, 2010

Public Health Law and Policy, a non-profit organization focused on building healthy communities in the U. S. , gathered a diverse group of more than 150 participants for a multi-disciplinary exchange of ideas and strategies with the goal of better engaging public health networks and agencies in climate change work. This Action Plan presents a synthesis of those recommendations and priorities. Although developed for the state of California's public health system, the recommendations are largely applicable to any state.

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California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) – Green Technologies for Reducing Slope Erosion

January 28, 2010

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Division of Research and Innovation conducted a Preliminary Investigation (PI) to identify strategies for reducing roadside slope erosion and preventing costly slope failures as climate change alters patterns of precipitation in California. The PI found that in general, California is a leader in erosion control and stormwater management, but recommended follow-up research on the effectiveness of specific plants or “green” products that may enhance or improve the nature-based methods for stabilizing slopes that California has already begun to implement.

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Lenexa, Kansas Rain to Recreation Program

Lenexa, Kansas funded a robust green infrastructure program - "Rain to Recreation" - by pairing the city's Storm Systems Development Charge (a 1/8 cent sales tax) and a capital development charge, along with available sources of local, state and federal funding. Combining multiple sources of funding enables Lenexa to have more long-term and sustainable funding for this program. The Rain to Recreation Program stormwater management approach integrates the community by creating recreational opportunities, while addressing flood control and water quality issues.

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