U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Ready Estuaries Program

Location

1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW
20460 Washington , DC
United States
38° 53' 41.154" N, 77° 1' 43.9968" W
District Of Columbia US
Summary: 

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Ready Estuaries Program works to build capacity in different National Estuary Programs to prepare for and adapt to climate change. Twelve National Estuary Programs received grants and/or technical assistance in 2008 and 2009. The Climate Ready Estuaries Program also created the Coastal Toolkit to provide resources to program managers and other stakeholders in U.S. estuaries.

Annapolis Royal Tidal Surge Analysis

Location

159 Saint George St.
B0S Annapolis Royal , NS
Canada
44° 44' 48.0876" N, 65° 31' 5.6712" W
Nova Scotia CA
Summary: 

Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, has historically flooded when storm surges coincided with high tides. It is prone to flooding because the town was built upon reclaimed land using dykes constructed in the 17th century and the surrounding land is naturally subsiding. Sea level rise, coupled with more frequent and intense storm surges, increase the vulnerability of the town to flooding. To assess the future impacts of climate change, flood risk assessments were completed using LIDAR data, water modeler software, and historical tidal and flood records.

Sustainable Development Initiatives in the Polar Town of Iqaluit, Canada

Location

Canada
63° 44' 48.0948" N, 68° 31' 1.0812" W
CA
Organization: 
Summary: 

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada funded the city of Iqaluit to identify vulnerabilities of existing infrastructure and develop adaptation options. In particular, the city focused on the impacts that thawing permafrost, increases in extreme weather, changes in precipitation patterns, changes to the coastal environment, and increases in ultraviolet radiation could have on its buildings, roads, water supply, and wastewater treatment facilities.

Greater Vancouver’s Stormwater Management Program

Location

2279 Cornwall Ave
V6K Vancouver , BC
Canada
49° 16' 21.378" N, 123° 9' 24.3792" W
British Columbia CA
Organization: 
Summary: 

The Greater Vancouver Regional District created the Stormwater Interagency Liaison Group (SILG) to develop a coordinated approach to update municipal stormwater management plans. The SILG created a template for municipalities to create watershed-specific Integrated Stormwater Management Plans (ISMPs). The ISMPs are designed to improve environmental health and reduce the likelihood of community flooding. While climate change adaptation is not an explicit goal, it is an inherent outcome in successful ISMPs.

Vulnerability of King County, Washington Wastewater Treatment Facilities to Sea Level Rise

Location

606 7th Ave
98104 Seattle , WA
United States
47° 36' 16.8516" N, 122° 19' 37.2108" W
Washington US
Summary: 

Forty of King County’s 77 major wastewater facilities are located adjacent to tidally influenced water bodies. Sea level rise due to thermal expansion and melting glaciers coupled with storm surge could make the low-lying treatment facilities prone to flooding in the future. The County assessed the vulnerability of its wastewater treatment facilities using sea level rise projections, historical tidal data and site elevations. The report concludes that based upon current sea level rise projections, the probability of imminent damage to King County’s wastewater treatment facilities is low.

Homer, Alaska Climate Action Plan

Location

99603 Homer , AK
United States
59° 38' 33" N, 151° 32' 53.9988" W
Alaska US
Summary: 

In 2007, Homer, Alaska was selected to pilot the ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability Climate Resilient Communities program. This program works with local governments to catalog greenhouse gas emissions and to develop mitigation and adaptation strategies. In December 2007 Homer released the Climate Action Plan.

Planning for Sea Level Rise in Olympia, Washington

Location

Olympia , WA
United States
47° 2' 16.0908" N, 122° 54' 2.8476" W
Washington US
Summary: 

The relatively low elevation of downtown Olympia, Washington, makes it prone to flooding due to sea level rise. To assess the city’s vulnerability, flooding maps were produced for a variety of sea level rise scenarios. Olympia’s propensity and duration of flooding vary with the amount of sea level rise projected. As a result of the sea level rise flooding maps, city planners have brainstormed a variety of strategies that could reduce the vulnerability of downtown Olympia.

Planning for Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge in Worcester County, Maryland

Location

United States
38° 5' 27.5136" N, 75° 13' 24.2004" W
US
Organization: 
Summary: 

In 2001, the Worcester County Planning Commission voted to update the county's Comprehensive Development Plan. The county assessed the threat of sea level rise as well as storm surge and incorporated these findings into the revised comprehensive plan. The final plan specifically calls for the development of a sea level rise response strategy including a two-foot freeboard requirement for properties in flood areas and a policy to discourage shoreline hardening. The plan also directs future growth to areas outside hurricane storm surge zones and floodplains.

2009 King County Climate Report

The 2009 King County Climate Report documents actions during the last year that implement the 2007 King County Climate Plan. It also gives an overview of anticipated activities for 2010. The report outlines progress and plans in four key areas: leadership, mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, adaptation to prepare for the impacts of climate change, and assessment.

The county will anticipate and prepare for the impacts of climate change on the natural and built environment and on human health. The county’s citizens have major investments in public infrastructure that may be damaged by climate change impacts such as increased flood severity and sea level rise. It is prudent from a risk-management perspective to make investments now to avoid costly damage in the future. In these difficult economic times, the argument might be made that addressing climate change should not be a priority. However, many of the county’s climate response initiatives–such as switching to hybrid buses and installing LED traffic signals–have saved the government money while reducing emissions. The county will continue to pursue climate programs that save money, create new revenue streams, or lead to the creation of new green jobs for the region.

Oyster River Watershed Culvert Study

Location

United States
43° 8' 2.3604" N, 70° 55' 35.2488" W
US
Summary: 

As a pilot project of the Climate Ready Estuaries Program, this study addresses climate adaptation on a watershed scale and provides a methodology for other coastal watersheds seeking to incorporate future climate conditions in planning and development. In 2008, the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP) received a grant to conduct an inventory and assessment of climate change impacts on road and stream networks in the Oyster River watershed.