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Rhode Island Special House Commission to Study Economic Risk Due to Flooding and Sea Level Rise - Final Report

May 12, 2016

In June 2015, the Rhode Island resolution H-5478 created an 11 member special legislative study Commission whose purpose was to study and make recommendations concerning the economic risks relating to, and resulting from, sea rise and flooding in Rhode Island, and who would report back to the General Assembly by January of 2016. 

Related Organizations: State of Rhode Island

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Virginia SB 320 Community Flood Preparedness Fund

April 22, 2020

In 2020, Virginia created the Virginia Community Flood Preparedness Fund (Virginia Code §§ 10. 1-603. 24 and 10. 1-603. 25). Through this law, the state established a low-interest revolving loan fund to help local governments and communities adapt to increasing coastal and inland flooding from multiple, different sources, including sea-level rise and precipitation. The purpose of the fund is to enhance the state’s overall coastal resilience by funding flood prevention and mitigation projects, prioritizing projects in low-income areas and that are designed with nature-based solutions.

Related Organizations: State of Virginia

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Guidance for Incorporating Sea Level Rise into Capital Planning in San Francisco

September 22, 2014

This Guidance presents a framework for considering sea level rise within the capital planning process for the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF). Adopted by the Capital Planning Committee (CPC) September 2014, the Guidance provides direction to all departments on how to incorporate sea level rise into new construction, capital improvement, and maintenance projects.

Related Organizations: City and County of San Francisco, California, SF Adapt (San Francisco Climate Adaptation Working Group)

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Virginia HJ 16: Recurrent flooding; joint subcommittee established to formulate recommendations to address

March 8, 2014

The Virginia General Assembly passed House Joint Resolution No.16 in 2014, which considers the issue of recurrent flooding in Tidewater and Eastern Shore locales and establishes a “joint subcommittee to formulate recommendations for the development of a comprehensive and coordinated planning effort to address recurrent flooding” that will meet for two years.

Related Organizations: State of Virginia

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Rhode Island E.O. 14-01: Creates an Executive Climate Change Council

February 21, 2014

In February, 2014, Governor Lincoln Chafee signed Executive Order 14-01, creating the Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Council (EC3). The Council was charged with taking a lead role in developing a comprehensive approach, including both emissions reductions and adaptation planning, to address the potential threats from climate change to the state’s environment, economy, and people. The Governor established the EC3 to advise him, the General Assembly and the public on how the State and its communities can best prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Related Organizations: State of Rhode Island

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Hawaii Climate Adaptation Initiative Act (HB 1714, Act 83)

June 9, 2014

Hawai'i Act 83 establishes an interagency climate adaptation committee to develop a sea-level rise vulnerability and adaptation report addressing statewide climate impacts projected up to 2050. This bill was approved by Governor Neil Abercrombie on June 9, 2014.

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

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New York Community Risk and Resiliency Act (S06617B)

September 22, 2014

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law the Community Risk and Resiliency Act on September 22, 2014. The legislation requires the impacts of extreme weather – such as storm surge, sea-level rise, and flooding – to be considered in some state permitting and funding decisions. The Act advances a number of important recommendations of the NYS 2100 Commission, which the Governor convened after Superstorm Sandy to develop more resilient infrastructure systems across the state.

Related Organizations: State of New York , New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

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California AB 2516: Planning for Sea Level Rise Database

September 21, 2014

CA A.B. 2516 directs the creation of a Planning for Sea Level Rise Database by the California Natural Resources Agency in collaboration with the Ocean Protection Council, to describe the steps being taken throughout the state to prepare for, and adapt to, sea level rise. This bill requires the database to be created by January 1, 2016, updated biannually, and posted online.  

Related Organizations: State of California

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Oxford, Maryland Stormwater Management and Shoreline Protection Fund, Ordinance 1403

May 13, 2014

On May 13, 2014 the town of Oxford, Maryland adopted a pioneering ordinance to create a Stormwater Management and Shoreline Protection (SMSP) Fund. Oxford commissioners unanimously agreed to increase the town’s property tax rate in order to collect fees for the maintenance, enhancement, improvement and repair of the Town’s stormwater management and shoreline protection improvements, facilities and systems. The fund will raise approximately $100,000 per year to help mitigate ongoing and increasing impacts from flooding throughout the community.

Related Organizations: University of Maryland, EPA Environmental Finance Centers

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Maryland HB 118: Bay Acidification Bill

May 5, 2014

Maryland's Bay Acidification Bill (House Bill 118), signed into law by Governor Martin O’Malley in May 2014, taking effect July 1, 2014, creates a Task Force to evaluate and address the effects of ocean acidification and the changing chemistry in the Chesapeake Bay and other Maryland waterways.

Related Organizations: State of Maryland, University of Maryland

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