April 2019
The Resilience Roundup highlights announcements, events, and funding opportunities along with links to the previous month's local, state, and national resilience news. 
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Resilient Connecticut - Webinar Series Kickoff
On an April 30 webinar, CIRCA staff will give an overview of a new project entitled, Resilient Connecticut and its focus on New Haven and Fairfield Counties. This webinar is the start of a new monthly series hosted by CIRCA with participation from different organizations depending on the topic. Featured topics through 2019 will include: state and regional drinking water vulnerability assessment, projections for Connecticut rainfall, municipal policies for addressing sea level rise, and road flooding studies and projects, among others.  
New Haven Impact Assessment of Tides and Precipitation on Downtown Storm Sewer System Report Available
The City of New Haven experiences frequent flooding at several downtown locations that are crucial to the functioning of the City and regional transportation. CIRCA's Municipal Grant helped the city develop a long-term strategy to monitor the performance of their stormwater infrastructure in widely varying conditions. The low-cost "smart city" stormwater sensor network records the interaction of rainfall, tides, green stormwater infrastructure, and sewer conveyance systems on the hydrology of New Haven's urban areas.
Darien – Noroton Heights Flood Mitigation Report Available

Heights Road in Darien and commercial properties to the north frequently flood due to an undersized stream culvert beneath the road. CIRCA's Municipal Grant helped fund planning for flood storage pipes as well as storage and infiltration structures. This flood mitigation project addresses the needs of the municipality and local businesses to reduce the impact of climate change and increased precipitation.
East Lyme – Coastal Resilience, Climate Adaptation, and Sustainability
Project Report Available

CIRCA's Municipal Grant Program funded the Town of East Lyme to address impacts of climate change, sea level rise, and extreme weather by developing specific policies and recommendations for inclusion in the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development. 
April 11, 2019 - New Research to Inform Living Shoreline Design,
Placement and Monitoring Webinar
3:30-4:30 pm
Moderator: Jennifer Read, NERRS Science Collaborative program manager, and Director, University of Michigan Water Center

This webinar will: a) facilitate a candid panel discussion of the lessons learned, management implications and next steps related to a series of applied research projects; and b) give audience members the opportunity to engage and ask questions about opportunities and challenges associated with living shorelines.
April 12, 2019 - Site Design and Green Infrastructure for
Changing Weather Patterns Workshop
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
UConn Middlesex County Extension Center , 1055 Saybrook Road, Haddam, CT

The Connecticut Adaptation Academy and The Rockfall Foundation will present a workshop emphasizing that changing weather patterns affect all aspects of site design and maintenance. Topics will include infrastructure and stormwater management, and r ethinking onsite wastewater systems to address drought/deluge weather patterns.
April 23-25, 2019 - National Adaptation Forum in Madison, WI
Conference attendees will learn how to make their work climate-informed, share what they learned with others, and develop a stronger network of like-minded peers. Those who attend will benefit from exposure to all aspects of the field, professional development, and information sharing through a comprehensive program featuring plenary sessions, symposia, working groups, training sessions, exhibit booths, poster sessions, and networking events.
April 26, 2019 - Food & Our Changing Climate:
A Conference Integrating Science and Law
8:30am - 5:00pm
William F. Starr Hall, 45 Elizabeth Street Hartford, CT
Register by April 22nd

Join UConn Law’s Center for Energy & Environmental Law for a conference devoted to the global, regional, and human impacts of climate change and food. Climate change disrupts how and where the world grows its food. While our carbon-intensive and global food network responds to a consumer demand that is no longer dictated by season, rising temperatures and changing precipitation patterns are transforming the world’s agricultural reality. How will the nations, states, and people respond?
Local & State News Clips
Greater Hartford Players: Resilience , Hartford Courant

Communities are becoming more resilient by preparing for climate change and investing in a sustainable future. These Greater Hartford Players are leading the way.
March 1, 2019 - Official alert: Greenwich Prepares for Rising Long Island Sound , Greenwich Time

Coastal communities must start acting to prepare for a coming rise in sea levels, or Long Island Sound will cause significant infrastructure damage in the decades ahead.
March 5, 2019 - New London Landmarks to Host Flood Mitigation Forum ,
The Day

Peter Miniutti, director of UConn’s Community Research and Design Collaborative and James O’Donnell, executive director of CIRCA, discuss how rising sea levels threaten Connecticut’s coastal cities and present options for making downtown New London more resilient.
March 9, 2019 - Grad Students Present Recommendations for Coastal Resiliency in Downtown Mystic , The Westerly Sun

Graduate students from the Sustainable Landscape Planning and Design program at the Conway School in Northampton, MA, presented their coastal resiliency recommendations for downtown Mystic. This event followed up a workshop the students conducted on Jan. 23 to gather input from local residents and business owners about coastal and inland water issues.
March 11, 2019 - Senator Murphy Leads Discussion on Health of Long Island Sound , Milford Mirror

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy held a round-table discussion to talk about the future of Long Island Sound and highlight new federal funding at the Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center in Milford on Sunday, March 10th. Attendees include representatives from local environmental organizations, academics, as well as environmentally-minded residents.
March 25, 2019 - Volunteers Converge on Walnut Beach to Plant Beach Grass , Milford Mirror

On March 24th, beach grass was planted to create a five to six foot buffer along the boardwalk at the eastern portion of the boardwalk toward Silver Sands State Park: from Nettleton Creek to an area with existing vegetation. This is the third year for the project, which is funded by a CIRCA grant, plus a United Illuminating Co. donation.
National News Clips
March 5, 2019 - Facing Push-back, Markey Makes the Case for the Green New Deal , Yale Environment 360

In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Senator Markey discussed the background of the Green New Deal, why it’s an important step in laying the groundwork for tackling climate change, and why advocates of climate action should “be leaning into this fight”.
March 12, 2019 - Coastal Resilience Partnership Unites 10 Municipalities in Effort to Combat Effects of Climate Change , South Florida Sun Sentinel

A new partnership between Palm Beach County and 10 of its coastal municipalities is hoping to combat the effects of climate change with a particular focus on sea level rise.
March 27, 2019 - New York Mayor to Extend Manhattan Shoreline as a Response to Climate Change , The National

In a bid to combat the threat of climate change, the New York mayor has announced plans for an extension of the coastline between Brooklyn Bridge and the Battery into the East River. The 150-meter extension, about the equivalent of two full city blocks, will create a new piece of land with high points lying about six meters above current sea levels. 
The Resilience Roundup highlights CIRCA's  presence in the news, provides links to recent local/state/national news articles related to resilience and adaptation, and announces upcoming events and seminars.
The Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation's (CIRCA) mission is to increase the resilience and sustainability of vulnerable communities along Connecticut's coast and inland waterways to the growing impacts of climate change and extreme weather on the natural, built, and human environment. The institute is located at the University of Connecticut's Avery Point campus and includes faculty from across the university. CIRCA is a partnership between UConn and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP).