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Coastal Cities Face Flooding Hazards Due to Climate Change

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study looking at more than 60 years of coastal water level and local elevation data changes finds that nuisance flooding is an increasing problem as coastal sea levels rise. Nuisance flooding causes public inconveniences, such as frequent road closures, overwhelmed storm drains, and compromised infrastructure. Most of the cities […]

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NRDC Reports Help Communities Tackle Climate Resilience and Clean Water Act Compliance

In July, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released two water-related reports. The first highlights State Revolving Funds as a climate resiliency opportunity. The issue paper “Using State Revolving Funds to Build Climate-Resilient Communities” explains how Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRF) can better support and incorporate measures to make communities more […]

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Climate Change Already Is Affecting Coastal and Island Communities

According to a recent analysis by Reuters, coastal flooding along the eastern U.S. has increased dramatically over the past four decades with triple the number of days per year that tidal waters reached or exceeded National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration flood thresholds. Water now reaches flood levels on average 20 days per year in many […]

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Level of Toxics in European Freshwater Greater than Anticipated

European Union member states have called for substantial improvements in freshwater quality by 2015 through the Water Framework Directive. While the European Environment Agency recently released a report on the excellent water quality of swimming beaches, a large-scale study by the Institute for Environmental Sciences Landau together with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, both […]

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NRDC Release Beach Water Quality Report

On June 25, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released its 24th annual beach report, finding 35 “superstar” beaches and 17 “repeat offenders.” According to the report, 10% of water quality samples collected last year from nearly 3500 coastal and Great Lakes beaches in the U.S. contained bacteria levels that failed to meet the U.S. […]

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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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London Firm Releases Cities Alive Report

According to a new report — Cities Alive – rethinking green infrastructure — the natural environment should be a primary concern in urban development, and one that is considered from the earliest planning stages. Generated by London-based firm Arup and supported by the Landscape Institute and Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, the report addresses global issues, […]

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University of Maryland Study Examines Effective Chesapeake Bay Management Practices

A new report by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) looks at 40 case studies in the Chesapeake Bay watershed to determine which management practices have been most effective. According to the report, “New Insights: Science-based evidence of water quality improvements, challenges, and opportunities in the Chesapeake,” upgrading water resource recovery facilities, […]

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GAO Releases Report on Flood Insurance Reform

On Feb. 12, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on extreme weather events and how the Federal government can limit its financial risk, especially in light of climate change. According to the report, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), creates significant “fiscal exposure.” In 2012, […]

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EPA Releases Report on Greening CSO Plans

In early March, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a planning resource to help communities use green infrastructure and quantify its contributions in combined sewer overflow (CSO) plans. The report, Greening CSO Plans: Planning and Modeling Green Infrastructure for Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control,” discusses various modeling tools that can help communities optimize their […]

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