Tag Archives: Mitigation

Drought Resiliency Projects

A dried-up ditch between rice farms in Richvale, California (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites states, tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on Drought Resiliency Projects that will increase the reliability of water supply; improve exchange of water; and provide benefits for fish, wildlife, and the environment to mitigate impacts caused by drought. Projects can increase water management flexibility, making our water supply more resilient. This helps to prepare for... Read more

Webinar: Responding To Drought and Water Challenges

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

Green Infrastructure and Climate Change: Collaborating to Improve Community Resiliency

In 2015, EPA convened charrettes in four cities to demonstrate how green infrastructure could be applied to communities dealing with a range of challenges. Each city’s charrette focused on different issues based on the most pressing climate change impacts they were facing and their current level of green infrastructure implementation. This new publication summarizes those issues and the recommendations developed by each charrette. Read report... Read more

Webinar: Healthy Cities in the Era of Climate Change

Many of the actions we must take to mitigate climate change—reducing fossil fuel use; promoting walkable, bikeable cities; supporting sustainable, local agriculture—offer significant benefits for public health. Join SSF, Island Press and the Urban Resilience Project for a webinar that will explore the possibilities for “win-win” solutions to climate change and health. September 19 from 1:15 – 2:45 p.m. EST. Register now... Read more

Rising Tides: Designing Resilient Amenities for Coastal Cities

Hunters Point South Park is a 30-acre mixed-use development with a ten-acre city park along the Queens waterfront in New York. (Weiss Manfredi)
Market demand is the best driver for innovation, and many are making a case that the intrinsic economic value of resilient design will help drive its acceptance. The collision of forces between the need for resilience and the cost of it is producing sparks of creativity, particularly in the area of waterfront and storm-related planning. Far from a defensive role, resilience can be part of a project’s marketing strategy and mission. Read more... Read more

EPA Fact Sheets: What Climate Change Means for Your State

The view from aerial tour of Hurricane Sandy damage of New Jersey's barrier beaches. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Herbert)
EPA released a series of fact sheets, “What Climate Change Means for Your State,” which focus on the impacts of climate change in each of the 50 states and the territories of Guam and Puerto Rico. These 52 fact sheets compile information from previously published synthesis and assessment reports to provide a handy reference for state and local policymakers, businesses, and individuals who are looking to communicate impacts of climate change in a given state. Check out the new fact... Read more

Hazard Mitigation for Natural Disasters

Damage along Main Street after deadly flooding in Ellicott City, Maryland (Credit: Barnard / WTTG)
This interactive, user-friendly guide tells utilities how to mitigate natural disasters and their impacts, including floods, earthquakes, droughts, wildfires, tornados and power outages. The guide also explains why mitigation is important, how to be included in your community’s local mitigation plan, how to identify potential mitigation projects for each type of disaster, and how to implement and fund proposed mitigation projects. Explore guidebook... Read more
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