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EPA Climate Change and Water News
EPA Launches Newcomb Avenue Streetscape Model Block Improvement Project in San Francisco, CA
The City of San Francisco and EPA broke ground on the Newcomb Avenue Streetscape Model Block Improvement Project, a first of its kind project on the 1700 block of Newcomb Avenue to transform the street block into one of the most sustainable streets in San Francisco. The pilot streetscape improvement project will replace significant areas of concrete with new landscaping, street trees, introduce stormwater planters and permeable pavers to allow rainwater to permeate into the ground. The $1.6 million project is funded through grants from the EPA's San Francisco Bay Water Quality Improvement Fund, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Community Challenge grants, in addition to an appropriation from the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. The press release can be found at: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/66A072551D34DDE98525788D005DDFA4.
Other Federal Agency News
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Comments on the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy. Comments due by July 1, 2011.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other Federal, State, and tribal partners, are seeking public comments to prepare a draft National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy (Strategy). The Strategy will provide a unified approach reflecting shared principles and science-based practices for reducing the negative impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, plants, habitats, and our natural resource heritage. It will serve as a valuable tool for Federal and State agencies, wildlife managers, tribes, and private landowners as they continue to manage their lands and natural resources in a changing environment. All comments are due on or before July 1, 2011. Further information about the FWS Climate Adaptation Strategy and submitting comments is available at: http://www.wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov/ and http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-05-24/html/2011-12710.htm.
George Mason University and the Woodrow Wilson Center to Host Enhancing Public Engagement in Climate Change: The 2011 Climate Change Communicators of the Year on June 8, 2011 in Washington, D.C.
Recent social science research has shown that Americans have low levels of climate literacy, and that public engagement in the issue may be insufficient to sustain the serious public dialogue needed to make thoughtful decisions about how our communities, states, and nation should respond to the threat. The 2011 Climate Change Communicators of the Year will share their thoughts about how public engagement in climate change can be enhanced. For information on attending or on listening to the live online webcast, visit: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=events.event_summary&event_id=698293
American Water Works Association (AWWA) to host ACE11 Annual Conference and Exposition on June 12 - 16, 2011 in Washington, D.C.
This conference will address a growing number of challenges, from infrastructure management to water resources protection to advanced treatment technologies. For more information and to register, visit:
National Ground Water Association Conference: Groundwater: Cities, Suburbs, and Growth Areas - Remedying the Past/Managing for the Future on August 8 - 9, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA
Greater metropolitan areas throughout the world struggle with a myriad of issues to supply their populations with potable drinking water supplies, as well as manage circumstances and situations that affect public health, safety, and the integrity of aging infrastructure. This conference will address these and other global groundwater issues specifically pertinent to large metropolitan areas, from basic to complex levels, and from planning for protecting public health and safety to the implementation and execution of scientific and engineering practices. For more information, visit: http://www.ngwa.org/DEVELOPMENT/conferences/details/5026/index.aspx.
First Legal Roadmap Created to Tackle Local Ocean Acidification Hotspots
In a report published in the May 27 edition of the journal Science, a team of marine scientists and legal experts provided the first roadmap for local communities to combat ocean acidification by applying federal and state laws and policies - from the U.S. Clean Water Act to municipal zoning regulations. As atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels continue to rise, so too does the amount of CO2 in the ocean, increasing the ocean's acidity. Marine ecosystems, on a global scale, are affected in ways we are only beginning to understand (e.g. impairing the ability of organisms to form shells or skeletons, altering food webs, and negatively affecting economies dependent on services ranging from coral reef tourism to shellfish harvests to salmon fisheries). Most important, local acidification disproportionately affects coastal ecosystems and the communities that rely on them. As global and national efforts struggle to mitigate CO2 emissions, a collaboration of authors describe policy options by which local and state governments - as opposed to federal and international bodies - can reduce these local and regional "hot spots" of ocean acidification. To read the article, visit: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/332/6033/1036.full.
The Social Capital Project of the Resource Innovation Group Releases, American Climate Attitudes, An Analysis of Public Opinion Trends and Recommendations for Advancing Public Engagement on Global Warming
Public opinion on climate change affects everything from consumer choices and behavior to public policy. To know where climate attitudes are headed, it is helpful to know where they have been. This analysis of significant public opinion trends on climate change provides communication and engagement recommendations for climate practitioners based on polling data, research, and the authors' experience as climate and environmental communicators. To read the report, visit: http://www.thesocialcapitalproject.org/The-Social-Capital-Project/pubs/aca.
American Rivers Releases Weathering Change: Policy Reforms that Save Money and Make Communities Safer
Climate change is fundamentally altering where and when water is available, and federal policy must adapt to this new reality. A new report from American Rivers analyzes ten areas of federal policy and examines how existing laws and regulations promote or fail to promote resilience to a more volatile and uncertain climate. The report provides a policy roadmap for reforming existing policies and practices that make people and wildlife more vulnerable to floods, droughts, and other effects of climate change. These reforms will improve the reliability of water supplies, save money, benefit the environment, and provide communities with more flexibility to respond to climate change in the future. To read the report, visit: www.americanrivers.org/weatheringchange.
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