Tag Archives: Climate Change

What’s Atlantic City’s Plan to Deal with Flooding?

Atlantic City flooding (Credit: Viviana Pernot / Press of Atlantic City)
With Absecon Island sinking and sea levels rising, Atlantic City finds itself on the front lines in the battle against climate change. The city has big plans to address the issue, including a sea wall, a revived Baltic Avenue Canal and bulkheads along the back bay. The seaside gambling mecca, desperately trying to reinvent itself, sees flood resiliency as a possible economic driver. But the city faces unique challenges in dealing with flooding, since Atlantic City is broke and has... Read more

Webinar: What Do Local Decision-Makers Need to Adapt to a Changing Climate: 2016 Local Solutions Report Findings

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In this webinar, Antioch University’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience will release findings from the 2016 Local Solutions Report: Identifying and meeting the needs of local communities adapting to climate change. The report coalesces and analyzes data from a range of sources to inform priorities for public policies, budget setting, private sector funding, investments, and action. This webinar will provide a brief overview of the report findings and discussion of multiple approaches to overcoming barriers, based on insights... Read more

Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas Guide

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Sustainability, resilience and climate change are top of mind for planners and floodplain managers, but when it comes to subdivision design, those concepts haven’t hit home. The result? Catastrophic flood damage. Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas is a guide to best floodplain planning practices for subdivision design. Readers will find tools to end the build-damage-rebuild cycle, save lives, protect property, and lay the foundation for a better, drier future. Read report... Read more

Buy-In for Buyouts: The Case for Managed Retreat from Flood Zones

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This report presents an in-depth study of buyouts in the New York metropolitan region following Hurricanes Irene and Sandy as a tool for adaptation against flooding. It provides an overview of flooding risk, a detailed summation of buyout programs in and outside of the region, quantitative analyses that organize the region into place types, and five case studies of the fiscal impact of buyouts on selected communities.The report offers a set of policy recommendations to improve the effectiveness of and... Read more

The Case for Managed Retreat from Flood Zones

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In the face of rising sea levels, more frequent and severe storms, and other climate change risks, flood-prone communities need to give greater consideration to strategic retreat through buyouts, a policy tool for removing residential development from the most vulnerable areas, according to new research published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in collaboration with the Regional Plan Association. Read more... Read more

EPA’s Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X)

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EPA’s Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X) is an interactive resource to help local governments effectively deliver services to their communities as the climate changes. Decision makers can create an integrated package of information tailored specifically to their needs. Once users select areas of interest, they will find information about: the risks posed by climate change to the issues of concern; relevant adaptation strategies; case studies illustrating how other communities have successfully adapted to those risks and tools to replicate their successes;... Read more

Webinar: Responding To Drought and Water Challenges

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Several areas of the western United States have experienced significant droughts and extreme events related to water (flooding) during the past decade. Although much attention is focused on the effects of these water-related challenges on agricultural lands and human settlements, forests and grasslands have also been affected, sometimes severely. Please join the EPA Office of Sustainability and Climate Change for a 2-hour introduction to upcoming opportunities related to drought and water challenges. Register now... Read more

One Surprising Secret Weapon Against Natural Disasters? Landscape Architecture

ASLA 2016 Honor Award, General Design Category. Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park by Ramoll Studio Dreiseitl. [Photo: Lim Shiang Han]
In an era when cities are ravaged by drought, flooding, wildfires, and more, infrastructure projects tend to get most of the attention when it comes to resiliency. But good landscape design can be powerful, too. This week, the American Society of Landscape Architects, or ASLA, published an an online guide designed to help its members plan for, and even prevent, the worst. Read more... Read more
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