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This tab includes laws and policies for avoiding or reducing climate change impacts in the water sector, including best practices and legal and policy analysis.

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Adapting Water Law to Public Necessity: Reframing Climate Change Adaptation as Emergency Response and Preparedness

September 17, 2010

The article argues that viewing climate change impacts on water supply as an ongoing emergency could provide a more productive framework for initiating and implementing adaptation strategies. Classifying climate change’s impacts on water supply as a real crisis allows adaptation planning to become a form of emergency preparedness, and could provide needed flexibility both legally and politically. An analysis of property rights barriers in the context of implementing adaptation strategies to help with the water supply crisis is provided.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Building Green: A Success Story in Philadelphia (YouTube video)

December 20, 2010

In 2010, EPA's Office of Water produced this 11-minute video which highlights innovative efforts by green builders in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who are helping protect and restore environmental quality and beautify the city.

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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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.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Rainscaping Iowa - Permeable Pavement Projects

2010

Rainscaping Iowa, an educational campaign that promotes urban stormwater management practices, encourages the use of permeable pavement by featuring successful installations in the state. By gathering feedback on previous projects, Rainscaping Iowa simultaneously highlights the environmental benefits of permeable surfaces and provides lessons for future installations and maintenance. Importantly, the campaign’s literature describes how permeable paving surfaces can help reduce runoff and improve water quality in the face of changing precipitation and increasing heavy rainfall events.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Southeast Florida's Resilient Water Resources - Adaptation to Sea Level Rise and Other Impacts of Climate Change

November 15, 2009

This report examines how, and to what extent, sea-level rise and other climate change impacts are likely to influence Southeast Florida’s water supply, wastewater reuse alternatives, and ground and surface waters.   Engineering options and management strategies for enhancing the resilience of the region’s water systems are described in five areas: 1) conservation, 2) protection of existing sources, 3) development of alternative water sources, 4) reclamation and reuse of treated wastewater, and 5) storm water management.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Barry N. Heimlich, Frederick Bloetscher, Daniel E. Meeroff, James Murley

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Community-Based Conservation in Tucson’s Rincon Heights Neighborhood

December 2009

A Community-Based Conservation green infrastructure program was implemented in Tucson, Arizona’s Rincon Heights neighborhood by the Watershed Management Group (WMG) and the Rincon Heights Neighborhood Association (RHNA). 

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Confronting Climate Change: An Early Analysis of Water and Wastewater Adaptation Costs

October 2009

This analysis is an economic assessment with three objectives: 1) To characterize the impacts of climate change on drinking water and wastewater services in the United States through 2050, based on greenhouse gas scenarios and regional projections of climate change effects; 2) To help policy makers and the water and wastewater sector begin to understand the challenges of ensuring that reliable water and wastewater services continue to be available in the face of a changing climate; and 3) To provide early cost estimates so that policies can be developed that address these challenges and planning by utilities can begin.

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Green Infrastructure for Los Angeles: Addressing Urban Runoff and Water Supply through Low Impact Development

April 17, 2009

This report was designed to help the City of Los Angeles use low impact development (LID) techniques to address water quality, flood control, and climate change issues. LID is a strategy for managing stormwater runoff that uses natural drainage features to capture and filter urban runoff. From an environmental standpoint, LID reduces water pollution, replenishes aquifers, and encourages water reuse. From an adaptation standpoint, LID reduces stress on water supply and can provide shade trees, helping to reduce urban heat islands.

Author or Affiliated User: Haan-Fawn Chau

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Illinois SB 1489: Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act

June 30, 2009

The Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act required the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to adopt comprehensive storm water management rules that meet certain requirements by July 1, 2012. Beginning in 2010, the agency was required to: implement a storm water permit fee program adequate to support the adoption and implementation of State storm water regulations as required by the Act; establish a Statewide standard for storm water management programs in order to transition toward the use of green infrastructure as the predominant storm water management strategy; review its rules on the distribution of money from the Water Revolving Fund; and endeavor to establish new criteria which prioritize the use of green infrastructure in all projects involving storm water management and water efficiency.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Adapting to Climate Change: The Public Policy Response - Public Infrastructure

June 2009

Leveraging prior U. S. infrastructure assessments, this report synthesizes threats to and the needs of public infrastructure posed by climate change. Infrastructure asset types discussed include: wastewater and waterworks systems, electric power generation and transmission systems, communication networks, roads and rail networks, transit and transportation facilities and ports, and oil and gas pipelines and associated facilities. The adaptive capacity of these assets are reviewed, and options for enhancing adaptive capacity through public sector investments in physical, planning, and human resources are presented.

Authors or Affiliated Users: James E. Neumann, Jason C. Price

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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