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EPA Releases Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Climate Change Adaptation Plans

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Ready Estuaries program has published Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans as a resource for environmental managers and planners. This publication provides much needed guidance for conducting risk-based climate change vulnerability assessments and developing adaptation action plans. The workbook helps users to […]

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EPA Releases Updated Erosivity Calculator

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published an updated calculator to help construction sites calculate their rainfall erosivity factor — the “R” in the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation or RUSLE. The updated calculator uses data from the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation, Version 2 (RUSLE2) database. Many National Pollutant […]

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EPA Releases Flood Planning and Resiliency Checklist and Report

On July 7, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a tool to help communities prepare for and recover from floods. The Flood Resilience Checklist offers strategies that communities can consider, such as conserving land in flood-prone areas, directing new development to safer areas, and using green infrastructure approaches to manage stormwater. The checklist is […]

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EPA Releases Online Interactive Ecosystem Mapping Tool

On May 7, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of EnviroAtlas. The interactive ecosystem mapping tool is web-based and integrates more than 300 separate data layers. EnviroAtlas can help people learn about ecosystems and their benefits, including protection from hurricanes and floods. It also can help decision-makers understand the environmental implications of […]

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Supporters Sign on to Australian 202020 Vision

Partners, advocates, and “visionaries” continue to join the Australian 202020 Vision, launched in November 2013. The goal of the program is to create 20% more urban green spaces by 2020. The vision also represents a unique collaboration between government, academic, and private sectors. The official launch was held in a future green space in Sydney, […]

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President’s Budget Calls for $1 Billion for Climate Resilience

President Barack Obama announced his 2015 budget on March 4, calling for a $1 billion climate resilience fund. The fund would support adaptation efforts as well as research and technology that improves community preparedness for extreme weather events, such as drought and flooding. According to the White House, the $1 billion price tag is small […]

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Source Water Collaborative Releases Partnership Building Toolkit

In mid-January, the Source Water Collaborative — a group of 25 national organizations united in protecting America’s drinking water at the source — released a new online toolkit. The guide helps to “facilitate partnerships to protect drinking water sources through agriculture, conservation practices, stormwater and forest management.” With the toolkit, users can obtain guidance on […]

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EPA Releases Climate Assessment Update to National Stormwater Calculator

On Jan. 30, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an update to the National Stormwater Calculator, adding a climate assessment tool that allows the calculator to assess future climate vulnerability scenarios. The calculator now includes changes in seasonal precipitation levels, the effects of more frequent high-intensity storms, and changes in evaporation rates based on […]

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EPA Releases Tools for Managing Water Resources

In November, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool. The tool supports integrated water resources management by allowing users to screen options for cost-effectiveness and environmental benefits. With the tool, users can evaluate a number of management options, including projects related to stormwater. Users can conduct an analysis of […]

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Online Tool Provides River ‘Road Map’

Where does stormwater go once it reaches a stream or river? Now find out without getting wet. Streamer is an online tool from the National Atlas of the United States announced July 17 by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). It is essentially a “road map” for waterways. With Streamer, users can follow the path of […]

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