August 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 Updates
Resilient Connecticut Webinar - video and presentations available:
New Planning and Visualization Tools for Sea Level Rise
On this July 23rd webinar, new tools released by CIRCA and UConn’s Center for Energy and Environmental Law (CEEL) were highlighted, including three “resilience scenarios” that can be used by municipal and state agency staff as communication and planning tools. These scenarios are drawings that depict sea level rise and flooding problems common in many Connecticut towns. 
New CIRCA Sea Level Rise Website
CIRCA recently launched a new website for sea level rise information, which is now organized by projects, references, and tools - allowing users to navigate the site more efficiently. In addition, four "features" highlight new or especially important information about sea level rise in Connecticut.
Municipal Resilience Planning Assistance Project - Products Available
The purpose of the Municipal Resilience Planning Assistance project was to develop tools for Connecticut’s municipalities to assess vulnerable infrastructure to inundation by river flow, sea level rise, and storm surge in the next 25-50 years. CIRCA partnered with  CT DEEP , UConn faculty, UConn CLEAR , and  CT Sea Grant  to develop information and tools for: 1) sea level rise and coastal flooding, 2) inland flooding, 3) critical infrastructure, and 4) policy and planning. A new website features some of the important products from this effort. 
 Call for Presenters: The Connecticut Association of Flood Managers
Annual Conference and Meeting - October 30, 2019
The Connecticut Association of Flood Managers (CAFM) will convene its sixth Annual Conference and Meeting at the Water’s Edge Resort in Westbrook, Connecticut on October 30, 2019. CAFM seeks a broad range of professionals to address issues associated with managing flood risk, making communities more sustainable, and protecting floodplain and fragile natural resources. Potential presenters are encouraged to share their knowledge with Connecticut’s flood management community. Link below for more information on submission requirements and contact by Thursday September 5, 2019 .
 NOAA  Climate Program Office FY2020 Funding Opportunity:  
Understanding Climate Impacts on Fish Stocks and Fisheries to Inform Sustainable Fisheries Management
For FY20, the Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA), in partnership with NOAA and the NMFS Office of Science and Technology, is soliciting proposals for multidisciplinary projects to better understand the impacts of climate variability and change on marine ecosystems and implications for fish stocks, fisheries and the communities and economies that depend on them in certain Large Marine Ecosystems. Letters of Intent (LOIs) are due on  Friday, August 23, 2019 . Proposals are due on  Monday, October 28, 2019 . The application package is available on .
August 7-9th, 2019 - Connecticut DEMHS Ice Jam Workshops

The Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) has arranged with Connecticut Silver Jackets Team, an interagency flood risk management team, to present Ice Jam Workshops. These free workshops will be offered in various locations along the Housatonic and Connecticut Rivers between August 7-9th. Subject matter experts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Weather Service will cover a variety of mitigation and response topics.
August 9, 2019 - Living Shoreline & Restoration Guided Field Tour

9:00am - 3:00pm
Stratford Point (1207 Prospect Drive, Stratford, CT)

The Soil & Water Conservation Society’s (SWCS) Southern New England Chapter is hosting an annual summer meeting for SWCS members and the public on August 9. Presentations 
will be followed by a field tour to several sites including a Living Shoreline Project. 
August 27 - 29, 2019 - USET Climate Resilience Summit

Turning Stone Resort Casino (5218 Patrick Road, Verona, NY)

Tribal experts and partners will come together to share knowledge and practices in building climate change resilience within Southern and Eastern Tribal Nations. Presenters will include Tribal Nations with climate adaptation plans, local practitioners in resilience building, and partners from the Northeast and Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Centers.
September 9, 2019 - Accelerating Collective Learning and Action
for Enhanced Resilience Webinar

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Members of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) and partners, in part supported by the Science Collaborative, have been working on the frontlines to help communities enhance their resilience. This webinar is designed to draw on lessons from experiences working to accelerate learning about resilience, and transferring ideas across the NERRS and the broader coastal management and adaptation community.

September 20, 2019 - C hanging Climate, Changing Health Forum:
Strategies for Addressing Public Health in the Age of Climate Change

8:00am - 11:30am
UMass Club (1 Beacon Street, Boston, MA)

The Climate Adaptation Forum is holding an event to discuss how climate impacts are causing the public health field to rapidly shift. While everyone is vulnerable to these changes, low income communities and communities of color face disproportionate risks. Speakers will explore some of these issues, and panelists will dive into addressing heat and mental health, and how the built environment can support resilient wellness.
October 8-9, 2019 - Living Shorelines Tech Transfer Workshop

Beaufort Hotel (2440 Lennoxville Road Beaufort, NC)

Hosted by Restore America's Estuaries and the North Carolina Coastal Federation, the  2019 Living Shorelines Tech Transfer Workshop  is the premier nationwide gathering of the living shorelines community of practice. The adoption of living shorelines, regulation, engaging communities, new techniques, and more will be discussed during the two-day period.
November 4-8, 2019 - Gulf of Maine 2050 International Symposium
Call for Abstracts
The Westin Portland Harborview (157 High Street, Portland, ME)

Join leaders from across New England and the Maritime Provinces for this event that brings together environmental, economic, social and institutional perspectives on climate resilience. Gulf of Maine 2050 is now accepting abstracts that highlight current research, examples of climate impacts on communities, businesses and industries, and case studies highlighting efforts to promote resilience.  The deadline for abstract submission is August 5.
Local & State News Clips
July 21, 2019 - Could Coastal Mansions Become Eligible for Disaster aid? , CNN

On a Connecticut peninsula, eight multimillion-dollar homes currently lie in a coastal protection zone that bans homeowners from receiving federal funds to fix storm damage. These homes are poised to become eligible for taxpayer-funded disaster aid. The goal is to create a disincentive for new development in areas vulnerable to storms.
National News Clips
July 6, 2019 - As Floods Keep Coming, Cities Pay Residents to Move ,
New York Times

Nashville is among the cities trying to move families away from flood-prone areas. Their new voluntary program uses a combination of federal, state and local funds to offer market value for their homes. The acquired land becomes an absorbent creekside buffer, much of it serving as parks with playgrounds and walking paths.
July 10, 2019 - GCC's Vicki Arroyo Testifies Before U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Georgetown Climate Center

On Wednesday, July 10, 2019, GCC Executive Director Vicki Arroyo testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on the role of transportation in contributing to climate change and the importance of increased investment in low-carbon, more resilient transportation systems to withstand climate change impacts. 
July 14, 2019 - Climate Change Alters What's Possible in Restoring Florida's Everglades , TCPalm

For the past 20 years, scientists and engineers have been working on a multi-billion-dollar restoration effort designed to reclaim the Everglades’ past glory. Although some progress has been made toward restoration’s original goals, growing evidence of unanticipated effects from climate change and sea level rise is forcing experts to reassess what is possible.
July 14, 2019 - America is Building Another big Wall.
This one Will Protect New York , CNN

By 2025, New York's Staten Island will be  fortified  by a seawall running 5.3 miles along the coast, an engineering feat designed to ward off the growing threat of climate change.
July 18, 2019 - Rising Sea Levels: Preserving History as Waters rise ,
The Inquirer and Mirror

When you live on an island the effects of climate change are brought to your front door. Tobias Giddeon has found that although his 100 year old storefront was built much more breathable than other buildings, but it still needs to adapt to the changing climate. Because of this, he chose to touch up the building with more modern material, while also keeping the historic integrity of the land itself.
July 24, 2019 - US Cities Boost Clean Energy Efforts but Few on Track to Meet Climate Goals , ACEEE

US cities are ramping up their clean energy efforts, notably with stricter energy-saving rules for buildings, but only a few cities appear on track to meet their community-wide climate goals, according to the  2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard , released July 24th by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. 
July 25, 2019 - Mass. House OKs $1.3 Billion To Help Cities And Towns Confront Climate Change , WBUR

The Massachusetts House crossed one of Speaker Robert DeLeo's priority bills off its list July 24th with the unanimous passage of a bill to establish a new grant program to help cities and towns confront climate change impacts and to borrow more than $1 billion to pay for it.
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).