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EPA Climate Change and Water News
EPA Climate Ready Estuaries (CRE) Program Releases Rolling Easements Primer
This technical primer describes the ways in which the private sector and state and local governments can respond to sea level rise. The report examines rolling easements, a collection of approaches allowing beaches and wetlands to migrate inland as sea levels rise, in cases where traditional protective measures such as the construction of dikes, seawalls, and other structures may prove economically or environmentally unsustainable. EPA developed this primer to examine a full range of long-term planning approaches for communities to consider when preparing for rising sea levels and includes more than a dozen long term planning approaches. To access the report, visit: http://www.epa.gov/cre/downloads/rollingeasementsprimer.pdf.
EPA and NOAA Increase Protection of Public, Property in Coastal Communities through New Partnership
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have announced a joint agreement that will protect the safety, health, and property of people living in or visiting coastal communities around the nation. The two agencies will partner with local governmental entities to improve the sustainability of waterfront communities and protect coastal ecosystems, including anticipating and reducing impacts of climate change. They will provide technical assistance and training to implement more sustainable construction and land use practices, develop innovative, web-based tools to better provide the public and local government with essential scientific and technical information, collaborate on the development of the National Coastal Condition Assessment and Reports which depict the condition of the nation's coastal waters based on data collected and analyzed by state agencies, and support place-based projects focused on equitable!
development and climate adaptation in coastal urban watersheds.
This agreement builds on a 2005-2010 EPA-NOAA partnership which provided training on resilience and smart growth to over 400 coastal community officials and developed the publication Smart Growth for Coastal and Waterfront Communities. For more information about the new agreement, visit: http://www.csc.noaa.gov/publications/2011-EPA-NOAA-MOA.pdf .
Other Federal Agency News
Government Accountability Office (GAO) Releases Report - Climate Change Issues: Options for Addressing Challenges to Carbon Offset Quality
This report provides information on key challenges in assessing the quality of different types of offsets and options for addressing key challenges associated with offset quality. This information would be important if the U.S. adopts a program to limit emissions. GAO reviewed relevant literature and interviewed selected experts and stakeholders such as project developers, verifiers, and program officials. To view the report, visit: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-345.
National Ocean Council Releases Outlines of Nine Strategic Action Plans for Public Comment
On June 2, the National Ocean Council released outlines of topics and actions to be addressed for each of nine priority objectives focused on oceans. The outlines are draft products that serve as an early and valuable point in the plan development process for focusing public and stakeholder input. Climate change adaptation for our coasts and oceans is the topic of Strategic Action Plan 5. To view the nine Strategic Action Plan outlines and to submit comments, visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/oceans/sap.
FedCenter Adds New Climate Change Adaptation Program
FedCenter.gov is the federal government's home for comprehensive environmental stewardship and compliance assistance information. All federal agency personnel (civilian and military) are eligible for individual membership to the FedCenter.gov website. Additionally, non-federal personnel who are currently partnering with a federal agency may also request membership. FedCenter has added a new topic to its program area lineup - Climate Change Adaptation. This area includes the latest guidance and information resources to help federal agencies facilitate climate adaptation planning, and contains valuable information for a broad range of users. For more information on the Climate Change Adaptation Program, visit: http://www.fedcenter.gov/programs/climate/.
Tribal Climate Change Project Releases First Iteration of A Guide for Tribal Leaders On U.S. Climate Change Programs
This guide summarizes key U.S. government programs addressing climate change, opportunities for tribal engagement and contacts for each agency. In addition to its immediate value to tribes and their partners, this information will provide important groundwork for research on understanding and improving the tribal consultation processes in the context of climate change. This guide also begins to include tribal, academic, and non-governmental agencies and programs to assist tribes in addressing climate change. If you would like to edit the information for an organization included in the document or submit information for additional organizations, please contact Kathy Lynn at [log in to unmask] This document is a publication developed through the Tribal Climate Change Project, a collaborative project between the University of Oregon Environmental Studies Program and the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station. To download the PDF, visit: http://tribalclimate.uoregon.edu/files/2010/11/tribal_leaders_CC_guide_6-8-114.pdf [or http://tinyurl.com/3cmsyn5 ].
StormCon to Host Course on NEW Light Imprint: Integrating Sustainable Green Infrastructure and Community Design on August 22, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the 2011 StormCon Conference
The Light Imprint tool set addresses stormwater runoff through natural drainage, conventional engineering infrastructure, and innovative infiltration practices. These tools are used at the regional, neighborhood, and block scale. In design sessions, participants create site design overlays for projects including brownfield infill development, greyfield redevelopment, historic district improvements, suburban retrofit, and new greenfield village development. To learn more about this course and other course offerings, visit: www.StormCon.com.
American Water Works Association (AWWA) to host Water Security Conference and Distribution Systems Symposium and Exposition on September 11 - 14, 2011 in Nashville, TN
Program topics at the Water Security Conference will include Contamination Warning Systems, Physical and Cyber Security, Security and Emergency Response. More information about this conference may be found at: http://www.awwa.org/Conferences/securityconf.cfm?ItemNumber=753&navItemNumber=3543 . [or http://tinyurl.com/68lrohn ]
The Distribution Symposium and Exposition will cover subjects such as Asset Management, Capital Projects: Planning and Delivery, System Modeling and Simulation Applications, Energy Management, Pipeline and Pump Station Design, Safety, Security, and Water Main Rehabilitation, along with many other topic categories. For more information on the Distribution Systems event, please visit: http://www.awwa.org/Conferences/dss.cfm?ItemNumber=3505&navItemNumber=29407 .
Clean Water America Alliance to Host 2011 Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Conference on October 3 - 5, 2011 in Milwaukee, WI
Join others in exploring models for sustainability that feature cross-agency collaboration for green infrastructure and resource recovery. To register, visit: http://www.cleanwateramericaalliance.org/events_uwslc.php .
Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy on October 3 - 7, 2011 in Chapel Hill, NC
Themes for this conference include: Freshwater Availability & Climate Change Adaptation; Southeastern U.S. Water Challenges; Human Rights and Ethics; Small Community Water, Sanitation and Hygiene; Peri-urban Water, Sanitation and Hygiene; and Hygiene Behaviors and Household Water Treatment. For more information, please visit: http://whconference.unc.edu.
AlChe/ASCE/ASME/AIST/IEEE-USA/TMS/SME/SPE Conference: Carbon Management Technology on February 7 - 9, 2012 in Orlando, FL
Sponsored by the major engineering societies, this inaugural conference draws professionals from all engineering disciplines to share their expertise and provide their perspective on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to changing climate. The conference will focus on engineering perspectives regarding key issues, including technologies, strategies, policies, and management systems. To access the Call for Papers Brochure and Submission Instructions, please visit: http://www.carbonmgmt.org/pages/general/cfp.php . For more information on the conference, please visit
Global Water System Project Releases Proceedings of The Global Dimensions of Change in River Basins
These proceedings contain 20 papers from various parts of the world. Some of the selected subjects include: Impact of global change on large river basins; River flow projections in a changing climate; Impacts of national and international actors on river basin management; Effect of changing anthropogenic and climate conditions on BOD loading and water quality; and, Water resources planning and management regions: new insights for defining regions. For the report, visit: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B8FZ9WSEG7a2NjM1MTEzYzktOWU0NC00ZjhhLTkxYjItOTdjMzc2N2UyYmZj&hl=en_US [or http://tinyurl.com/6e8dmm9 ]. This report will also be placed on the Archive Web Site at: http://sites.google.com/site/sustainablewaterresources/, on the 2010 Reports and Publications page.
California State Water Resources Control Board Releases Results of California Municipal Wastewater Recycling Survey - Now Available Online
The results of a 2009 survey on the use of recycled water in California are now available online. The primary goals of the survey were to capture (1) the amount of wastewater treated, (2) the amount of recycled water used, and (3) the type of beneficial use. Only publicly-owned wastewater and water recycling agencies were included in the survey. For more information about the survey or to make changes, please visit: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/water_recycling/munirec.shtml.
Security and Sustainability Forum Hosts Summer 2011 Webinar Series on Adaptation and Security
These free monthly online seminars focus on effective measures to adapt to the national security threats of a changing climate. Hear government and industry decision makers address policy, technology, and research approaches to address historical and evolving environmental and security threats, while advancing U.S. productivity. For more information on the webinar series, visit: http://securityandsustainabilityforum.org/new/events/ .
American Society of Agronomy (ASA) Releases Climate Change Policy Statement
ASA, along with the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), have developed a position statement on climate change based on a review of current scientific knowledge and understanding. Because the potential changes in climate are significant for the practice of agriculture and land management, ASA, CSSA, and SSSA issue this statement to describe the state of the science and facilitate ongoing discussion, decision-making, and research. The statement expresses the findings of a panel of scientists with national and international expertise in climate processes and impacts, mitigation strategies, and adaptation methods for natural and managed ecosystems. To view the statement, visit: https://www.agronomy.org/files/science-policy/asa-cssa-sssa-climate-change-policy-statement.pdf [or http://tinyurl.com/424u2dn ].
Alliance for Climate Education Named a Climate Change Communicator of 2011
The Center for Climate Change Communication (4C) at George Mason University last week announced the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) as a Climate Change Communicator of the Year for 2011. During its two years of existence, the Alliance for Climate Education has become a national climate organization focused on high school students. They have taken a complex subject and made it compelling for hard-to-reach teens, presenting to over 640,000 high school students nationwide. They use a unique multimedia, animated presentation, delivered by dynamic, young, performance arts-trained presenters. A recent study in the Chicago Public Schools showed that ACE contributed to a 58% improvement in climate science understanding amongst students. For more information on the Alliance for Climate Education, visit: http://www.acespace.org/ .
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