May 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
Connecticut Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Viewer  
A new feature on CIRCA's Resilient Connecticut website allows users to view two different sea level rise projections (1 foot and 20 inches), above a Mean Higher High Water (MHHW) along the Connecticut coastline and the adjacent inland. Using models and NOAA Long Island Sound tide gauge data, CIRCA also estimated the 100 year flood event level above MHHW. 
In an effort to aid municipalities and other parties, CIRCA also collaborated with CT-DEEP to add into this viewer an unbroken, continuous limit of moderate wave action (LiMWA) line, which delineates Coastal AE Zones on the FEMA flood insurance rate map (FIRM). 
New Resilient Connecticut Website

A new Resilient Connecticut website was launched this week with content targeted primarily to technical audiences (engineers, COGs, town and state agency staff) and contains information on the project, engagement opportunities, resources, and planning tools. The site will be updated regularly as new events and products become available. A link to an
April 30, 2019 project kickoff webinar is included on the Engagement page.
May 28, 2019 - Addressing Climate Change Through Resilient Development Webinar
11:00am - 12:00pm
The Connecticut Economic Development Association in partnership with CIRCA is offering a webinar to explore the effects of climate change on sea level rise projections for Connecticut, as well as the impact of increased flooding on critical infrastructure, transportation, and housing. Speakers will also describe resilient design strategies and provide examples from communities throughout the northeast. This is the second webinar in the new monthly Resilient Connecticut webinar series.
Connecticut Department of Housing CDBG-DR Funded Projects Map
Following Superstorm Sandy the Connecticut Department of Housing initiated the  Planning for Mitigation and Resiliency Program  allocating Community Development Block Grants Disaster Recovery funding (CDBG-DR) from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. A map is now available of CDBG-DR funded projects in Connecticut, as well as their final reports and products. These projects have helped many communities in Connecticut move forward in addressing the impacts of storms, sea-level rise, and flooding.
Living Shorelines Project Resources Now Available Online
The Northeast Regional Ocean Council, Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS), The Nature Conservancy, and state coastal management programs recently completed work on a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) funded project –  Advancement of Green Infrastructure and Living Shoreline Approaches in the Northeast . Resources from this project are now online including r eports , profiles for living shorelines , and regulatory assessments for living shoreline practices.
Funding Opportunity - National Coastal Resilience Fund 2019

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is pleased to announce the National Coastal Resilience Fund for 2019.  NFWF will award approximately $29 million in grants to create, expand, and restore natural systems in areas that will both increase protection for communities from coastal storms, sea- and lake-level changes, inundation, and coastal erosion while also improving valuable habitats for fish and wildlife species. Proposals are due  May 20, 2019 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time . Visit the  program website for more information . Contact Katie Lund ( ) to discuss how CIRCA can support a proposal from Connecticut. 
Funding Opportunity - Long Island Sound Futures Fund 2019
The Long Island Sound Futures Fund (LISFF) is soliciting proposals to secure clean water and healthy watersheds, restore thriving habitats and abundant wildlife, and engage the public and local and regional government in creating sustainable and resilient communities around the Long Island Sound watershed. The LISFF grant program is administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Long Island Sound Study (LISS), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Proposals are due  May 20, 2019 by 11:59 PM Eas tern Time. Contact Katie Lund ( ) to discuss how CIRCA can support a proposal. 
May 14, 2019 - Changing Climate and Connecticut's Forests
6:00pm - 7:00pm
CFPA Headquarters - Meeting Room (16 Meriden Rd Middlefield, Connecticut 06481)

Join the Connecticut Forest and Park Association for a talk on climate change and CT forests. Participants will learn about the effects of climate change in New England, what this means for CT forests, and what practitioners are doing to address the changes. 
May 29-31, 2019 - Correlated Extreme Events Workshop

Columbia University’s Morningside Campus
Schapiro Center Davis Auditorium (530 West 120th Street, New York, NY) 

This conference is sponsored by Columbia University’s Adaptation Initiative and Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate; NOAA RISA; WCRP; and COST. This workshop helps participants understand the risks to human life and property from extreme weather events, both in the present and future climates, and on  developing solutions  to mitigate those risks.
May 30, 2019 - Heat Health Webinar

9:30 - 10:30am
The Northeast Regional Climate Center hosts a monthly webinar with NOAA affiliates to address timely weather and climate concerns. This month's webinar is focused on heat health. For more information, please contact .
June 7, 2019 - D isruptive Climate, Disruptive Technologies Forum
7:15am - 11:45pm
UMass Club 32nd Floor (1 Beacon Street, Boston, MA)

Lives and livelihoods from the world’s oceans to its deserts are already impacted by climate change, and the disruption will continue into the foreseeable future. Join this Climate Adaptation Forum for a discussion about how disruptive technologies are changing the way we adapt to our uncertain future.
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 in the Gulf of Maine. Together, we will learn about how the Gulf of Maine is expected to change in the next 30 years, build a shared vision for regional resilience, and activate new collaborations for action. Gulf of Maine 2050 is now accepting abstracts that highlight current research related to the Gulf of Maine, examples of climate impacts on communities, businesses and industries, and case studies highlighting efforts to promote resilience. 
The deadline for submitting an abstract is August 5, 2019.
Long Island Sound Blue Plan Public Meetings
The Blue Plan seeks to identify and protect Significant Human Use Areas and Ecologically Significant Areas, as well as reduce conflict with future activities in Long Island Sound. Climate change and the latest projections for sea level rise in the Sound are highlighted in the Plan. CT DEEP is holding a series of public meetings to present on the Blue Plan and invite comments to improve the final document. The complete draft Blue Plan is now available online along with information about these upcoming public meetings.  
Local & State News Clips
April 12, 2019 - Round Table On Climate Change Held In Glastonbury,
The Hartford Courant

The Glastonbury Martin Luther King Community Initiative held a community conversation on April 8th to discuss climate change and how it relates to both social justice and employment.
April 14, 2019 - Senator: Funding Available to Protect Coastal Communities,
The Westerly Sun

Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is encouraging coastal communities to apply for federal funding to strengthen their defenses against severe weather and flooding, as $29 million is available from the National Coastal Resilience Fund.
April 14, 2019 - Connecticut’s Coastal Economy is Worth Preserving,
The Hartford Courant

The local economy in Connecticut greatly benefits from healthy oceans and coasts. If we ignore the economic risk of climate change, we threaten the health of seabirds and their ecosystems as well as the nearly 52,000 jobs and $3.6 billion in GDP that make up Connecticut’s  clean coast economy .
April 29, 2019 - Climate Change Versus Tweed Airport, CT Mirror

Since 1931, Tweed New Haven Airport has sat on a spit of what was once salt marsh and wetlands straddling the New Haven-East Haven border. No matter what predictive model you use, this piece of Connecticut is destined for inundation from sea level rise. Throw in a tropical storm like Irene in 2011 or Sandy in 2012, and it’s all under water.
National News Clips
April 5, 2019 - Reforestation is Critical to Meeting Paris Climate Change Accord Targets, Researchers Say , Yale Climate Connections

America’s trees, soil, and wetlands each year capture around 11 percent of the nation’s emissions, according to the EPA. A study has identified reforestation – replanting historically wooded settings that no longer have forests – as the natural solution with the most potential to capture additional carbon.
April 5, 2019 - Over 100 House Democrats Demand Extending Billions Worth of Green Energy Subsidies , The Daily Signal

More than 100 House Democrats called for extending tax subsidies for green technologies—including wind turbines, solar panels, electric cars, energy efficiency, biofuels, and energy storage—in a bid to counteract the policies of the Trump administration and prepare the U.S. for climate change.
April 5, 2019 - Living Shorelines are Worth the Effort , Mississippi State University Extension Service

The Mississippi State University Extension Service, the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, and collaborators are working to build a robust contractor workforce that can respond to the growing demand of living shorelines, as well as promote them.
April 19, 2019 - Cities Take Action on Renewable Energy, Reduction of GHG Emissions , EHS Daily Advisor

Hundreds of U.S. cities of all sizes are not waiting for the federal government to recommit to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and regain its position as the world leader in stemming climate change. 
April 30, 2019 - Rockefeller Grants its Name and $30M to New Resilience Center , Devex

After its recent  surprising decision  not to continue funding the 100 Resilient Cities initiative,  The Rockefeller Foundation  joined the  Atlantic Council  Monday to launch a new center meant to create a permanent home for resilience-focused programs.
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).