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Executive Order: Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience

December 9, 2016

President Obama’s Executive Order establishes the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area in response to requests from the native coastal tribes in this region for the Federal Government to take action to protect the health of the marine ecosystems, while maintaining sustainable fishing and economic development opportunities. The subsistence practices of these communities, along with inter-related marine ecosystem stability are threatened by warming ocean temperatures, sea ice loss,  sea level rise, increasing maritime traffic, and oil and gas leasing.

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California AB 1482: Climate adaptation strategy

October 8, 2015

AB 1482 requires the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA), in coordination with the Strategic Growth Council, to oversee and coordinate state agency actions to adapt to climate change. The bill requires CNRA to update the state’s climate adaptation strategy (Safeguarding California), by July 1, 2017, and every three years thereafter. As part of the update, the CNRA will coordinate with other state agencies to identify the agency or agencies to lead adaptation efforts in each sector. The updates to the plan are to include climate change vulnerabilities by sector and the priority actions needed to reduce risks, for at least the following sectors: Water Energy Transportation Public health Agriculture Emergency services Forestry Biodiversity and habitat Ocean and coastal resources   To address the vulnerabilities as identified in the updated plan, state agencies are directed to fulfill the objectives of: Educating the public about the consequences of climate change, such as sea-level rise, extreme weather events, the urban heat island effect, habitat loss, wildfire, drought, threats to infrastructure and agriculture, worsening air and water quality, and public health impacts.

Related Organizations: State of California, California Natural Resources Agency

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Avoiding and Minimizing Risk of Flood Damage to State Assets: A Guide for Delaware State Agencies

March 2016

Prepared by Delaware’s Flood Avoidance Workgroup, this report outlines a set of principles and instructions for ensuring that existing and future flood risks are considered during site selection and project design, as required by Executive Order 41.  

Related Organizations: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

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Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative

November 4, 2014

The Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative, Amendment 1, approved on November 4, 2014, dedicates state funds to acquire and restore Florida conservation and recreation lands. The measure is designed to dedicate 33 percent of net revenue from the existing excise tax to fund the Land Acquisition Trust Fund.

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Hawaii HB 444 - An Act Relating to Beach Protection: Transient Accommodations Tax; Special Land and Development Fun; Appropriation”

July 1, 2015

Hawaii HB 444, passed June 16, 2015, authorizes the use of transient accommodations tax revenues for a beach restoration and conservation special fund. The bill was enacted to effectively develop and implement plans to slow the degradation of Hawaii’s beaches; as well as to restore beaches through the coordination of activities involving the counties and the formation of public-private partnerships.  The legislation expands the uses of the beach restoration fund to allow the Department of Land and Natural Resources to include studies about the effect of sea level rise when developing beach conservation plans.

Related Organizations: State of Hawaii, Hawaii Land and Natural Resources Department

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Virginia SB 1443: comprehensive plan sea-level rise strategies

March 16, 2015

In March 2015, Governor McAuliffe signed Virginia legislation (SB 1443) to require all localities  in the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission region to incorporate consideration of projected sea-level rise and recurrent flooding in updates to local comprehensive plans and to develop strategies to combat risks from sea-level rise, beginning July 1, 2015.  The law directs the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Department of Emergency Management, the Marine Resources Commission, Old Dominion University, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science to provide technical assistance to any locality in the region upon request.

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Florida SB 1094: “An act relating to the peril of flood”

May 21, 2015

On May 21, 2015, Governor Rick Scott signed into law Florida Senate Bill 1094, “An Act relating to the peril of flood. ”  SB 1094 requires consideration of future flood risk from storm surge and sea level rise in certain portions of local government comprehensive plans.  In accordance with SB 1094, Florida Statute section 163. 3178(2)(f)1 now includes sea-level rise as one of the causes of flood risk that must be addressed in the “redevelopment principles, strategies, and engineering solutions” to reduce flood risk.

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Kaua’i Shoreline Setback Ordinance (No. 979, Bill 2461, 2014)

December 5, 2014

The County of Kaua'i, Hawaii passed a Shoreline Setback Ordinance (effective December 5, 2014) that strengthens the county's shoreline setback requirements. The purpose of the updated bill is to "protect life and property, ensure the longevity and integrity of Kauai’s coastal and beach resources and strengthen current shoreline setback requirements by incorporating science-based erosion rates established in the Kauai Coastal Erosion Study, and current coastal hazard mitigation best practices and strategies.

Related Organizations: County Council of Kaua'i

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RI H 5478: Creating the Rhode Island House Commission on Economic Risk Due to Flooding and Sea Rise

June 17, 2015

In June 2015, Rhode Island House Resolution 5478 created an 11 member special legislative commission whose purpose was to study and make recommendations concerning the economic risks relating to and resulting from sea rise and flooding in the state. The Commission expired and disbanded on February 6, 2016 after reporting back their findings and recommendations to the House of Representatives.

Related Organizations: State of Rhode Island

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Executive Order 13508 - Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration

May 12, 2009

On May 12, 2009, President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13508, recognizing the Chesapeake Bay as a national treasure and calling on the federal government to lead a renewed effort to restore and protect the nation’s largest estuary and its watershed.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Executive Office of the President of the United States, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

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