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Chester, Pennsylvania Green Stormwater Infrastructure Plan and Community-Based Public-Private Partnership

June 2017

The City of Chester, Pennsylvania introduced the Chester City Green Stormwater Infrastructure Plan in 2017 as a means of addressing consistent stormwater pollution and overflow into the Delaware River, Chester Creek, and Ridley Creek watersheds. Chester’s combined sewer overflow (CSO) system often is overwhelmed during high rain and runoff events, which leads to increased flooding and water pollution and degradation of the river basin. The plan details Chester’s specific infrastructure needs, as well as the environmental and social benefits of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI). It also analyzes common GSI techniques including rain gardens, green roofs, stormwater planters, and porous pavements, and includes their typical cost. The plan then lists 20 potential sites within the City for GSI projects, guidance for first steps, suggestions for effective community engagement, and potential sources of both public and private funding. To fund the GSI projects, the City formed a community-based public-private partnership (CBP3), which is a different approach to financing stormwater management that expands on the traditional public-private partnership model by incorporating considerations of a community’s economic development needs. Coupled with its focus on green infrastructure as a primary means of stormwater management, this structure promotes not only improvements in water quality but in the community’s overall quality of life. The plan will also address equity through hiring local contractors for the infrastructure projects, training local workers to maintain projects, and creating new maintenance jobs for community members.

Related Organizations: Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Pennsylvania Sea Grant, City of Chester, Pennsylvania

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Green Infrastructure in Parks: A Guide to Collaboration, Funding, and Community Engagement

May 2017

In May 2017, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency released a guide on how stormwater management agencies could work with parks departments to integrate green infrastructure solutions into park lands. The guide walks municipalities through the steps of developing a green infrastructure program including: (1) identifying and engaging partners, (2) building relationships, (3) leveraging funding, (4) identifying opportunities for green infrastructure, (5) planning maintenance, and (6) undertaking pilot projects.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Resilient By Design - Bay Area Challenge

May 31, 2017

Resilient by Design is a collaborative design challenge for the San Francisco, California Bay area to develop 10 innovative community-based solutions that will strengthen the region’s resilience to sea level rise, severe storms, flooding and earthquakes. The Resilient by Design - Bay Area Challenge was modeled on New York's Rebuild by Design, a successful program pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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USDA Northeast Climate Hub virtual demonstration project "As If You Were There"

2017

The USDA Northeast Climate Hub created a virtual tour of climate adaptation and mitigation practices on farm and forest lands across the northeast region of the U. S.  This virtual demonstration project features interactive 360 degree photography and videos, allowing users to “embark on virtual field tours to visit and consider the experiences of others who are adapting to a changing climate - all from their own computer or mobile devices. ” The purpose is to combine technology with educational storytelling to engage more people in decision-making on adaptation.

Related Organizations: USDA Northeast Climate Hub

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Using Nature to Address Flooding - Naturally Resilient Communities Website

April 6, 2017

The Using Nature to Address Flooding website provides a guide of nature-based solutions for managing coastal, riverine, and urban stormwater flooding. The site includes case studies of projects from across the country to help communities in adaptive planning for flooding by identifying with successfully implemented nature-based solutions.

Related Organizations: Naturally Resilient Communities

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Adapting Forests to Climate Change

April 5, 2017

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) has produced a 13-page peer-reviewed paper that outlines adaptation strategies that California land owners can take to sustain their forests' value while facing climate change impacts. The report provides specific recommendations for care of three common types of forest from across California, including: Mixed Conifer, Oak Woodlands, and Coastal Redwood Forests. The focal climate impacts addressed are Fire, Moisture Stress, and Insects and Disease, which are detailed for each forest type - along with some indicators of adaptability.

Related Organizations: University of California - Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Adrienne Marshall, Susie Kocher, Amber Kerr, Peter Stine

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Floodplain Buyouts: An Action Guide for Local Governments on How to Maximize Community Benefits, Habitat Connectivity, and Resilience

April 2017

This Action Guide is designed to support local decision makers in utilizing hazard mitigation buyouts to reduce flood hazards, while supporting habitat connectivity and resilience on these lands. The report describes the floodplain acquisition process, why to manage acquisitions to improve habitats, and how to leverage the potential ecological and social value of properties to improve climate resilience.

Related Organizations: Environmental Law Institute (ELI), University of North Carolina

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Flood Protection Pay-Offs: A Local Government Guide to the Community Rating System

March 2017

This comprehensive guide to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) is compiled by Wetlands Watch. The NFIP CRS program provides flood insurance discounts, of up to 45%, to constituents within a localities where local governments pursue activities that mitigate flood risks. The guide is meant to help local governments determine which practices may earn credit under the CRS program, what adjustments they may need to make to receive credit, and if funding opportunities are available to assist local governments in meeting credit requirements.

Related Organizations: Wetlands Watch

Author or Affiliated User: Mary-Carson Stiff

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Resilience Strategy

March 2017

The City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania released its Resilience Strategy in March 2017 to provide a holistic strategy for helping the city to manage challenges from a changing environment, globalization, and urbanization. The Strategy sets goals, objectives, and action organized around a “P4” community-centered framework addressing resilience in terms of People, Place, Planet, and Performance.   The Strategy is intended to be a blueprint to help the city prepare for resilience challenges by helping the city improve coordination among government and non-governmental organizations, improve budgeting and capital coordination citywide, ensure the institutionalization of resilience practices, and increase resident engagement and empowerment.

Related Organizations: City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 100 Resilient Cities

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Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Policy 5408: Addressing the Risks of Climate Change

March 10, 2017

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) established a policy in March of 2017 stating that WDFW will manage its operations and assets so as to better understand, mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change. The policy provides guidance for managing risks to agency investments due to climate impacts, such as upgrades to agency infrastructure to be more climate ready, and investing in land acquisitions that support ecosystem resilience. WDFW states that this policy demonstrates their leadership on the issue of climate change - specifically as they are integrating the science necessary to understand climate risks, proactively responding to those risks, and reducing their own carbon footprint.

Related Organizations: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

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