October 2018
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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Announcements
CIRCA Hires New Director of Resilience Planning

John Truscinski will begin work as CIRCA's new Director of Resilience Planning in the end of October. John recently worked as a Coastal Resilience Manager with The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey, leading TNC’s state-wide efforts to incorporate ecosystem based climate adaptation strategies into coastal community planning efforts. In this role he worked directly with state agency staff and municipal leaders along the New Jersey coast. 

At CIRCA, John will be managing activities associated with development of the Connecticut Coastal Resilience Plan . John holds a Master’s degree in Sustainability Management from Columbia University’s Earth Institute where he focused on methods of urban coastal adaptation to the impacts of climate change
Hartford's New Green Infrastructure Products Available
Hartford has been experiencing multiple challenges related to stormwater management. After receiving a grant through CIRCA’s Municipal Resilience Grant Program, Hartford hired a Green Infrastructure Specialist for 12 months to address stormwater issues and help implement their  Climate Stewardship Initiative.
Events
October 10th- Slow the Flow Coastal Workshop
9:00am-3:00pm

Come identify needed next steps to manage land use, in-stream structures, and receiving waters to reduce the detrimental impacts of watershed nutrient loading as our regional climate changes. We will compare approaches to coastal science and management in both the Great Lakes and New England, fostering an exchange of ideas and experiences to catalyze innovation in each region.
October 12 & 13th - Yale Conference on Climate Induced Displacement
Thursday: 8:30am- 4:00pm
Friday: 8:30am- 3:00pm
Henry R. Luce Hall (34 Hillhouse Ave, New Haven, CT)

A two-day event focusing on Climate Induced Migration and Displacement. The purpose of this event is to draw attention to the scope and complexity of climate migration and displacement issues as the fall UNFCCC discussions and conclusion of the Global Compact on Migration approaches, and to produce useful outcomes that may accelerate global action on climate induced migration and displacement. 
October 19th - CT MS4 Mapping Workshop
9:00am-3:00pm
Rocky Hill Town Hall (761 Old Main Street, Rocky Hill, CT)

CLEAR staff will cover a range of MS4 mapping topics including options for mapping your stormwater system, tracking impervious cover disconnections, and estimating your Directly Connected Impervious Area (DCIA). There will also be a range of speakers from municipalities, COGs and CT DOT sharing their stormwater system mapping plans, tools and experiences.
October 24th - Connecticut Association of Flood Managers (CAFM) Conference
8:00am-4:00pm
Holiday Inn (1070 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT)

CAFM is inviting a broad range of professionals to address the many issues and problems associated with managing flood risk, making communities more sustainable, and protecting floodplain and fragile natural resources. This conference will examine the challenges facing Connecticut, and share experiences and lessons learned as flood managers and municipal officials.
CIRCA in the News
September 12, 2018- UConn Joins Coalition of Universities Working Against Climate Change , UConn Today

UConn is joining 16 other leading North American research universities in the University Climate Change Coalition , or UC3, announced Tuesday by the Second Nature organization. Marine Sciences professor Jim O’Donnell is executive director of UConn’s Connecticut Institute for Climate Resilience and Adaptation (CIRCA) at Avery Point. Jim states, “Currently, dozens of faculty from four different colleges are working on CIRCA-sponsored projects...UConn’s membership in UC3 will accelerate progress by further broadening interdisciplinary partnerships.”
Local & State News Clips
September 17, 2018- US House authorizes $65 million for Long Island Sound , Stratford Star

In a continued effort to preserve and protect Long Island Sound, the House of Representatives passed a Water Resources bill authorizing up to $65 million for monitoring, planning, and restoration of Long Island Sound for each year over the next five years.
September 19, 2018- Editorial: Weathering the Storms to Come, Hartford Courant

Connecticut hasn’t had a direct hit from a hurricane since Gloria , which tore a path through the central part of the state in late September 1985. Power was cut to 727,000 customers. Damage was estimated at $91 million. (...) That was 33 years ago, and compared to some of the storms endured more recently in other parts of the country, it was minor. Connecticut is overdue for a major storm.
National News Clips

 September 5, 2018- Florida Future Fund , Center for American Progress

Income inequality is rising as Florida’s population swells. The burdens of extreme weather events and sea level rise, driven by a changing climate, are only getting worse for communities, aging infrastructure, and government and household budgets. More intense hurricanes and flooding damage homes and roads, knock out electricity, threaten public health, and take a bite out of paychecks as well as businesses’ bottom lines.
September 6, 2018- Alaska Refuge Can't Protect its Wildlife from Climate Change, National Geographic

Clam Lagoon, a body of water on the northernmost peninsula of Adak Island, Alaska , was meant to be a wildlife haven. But a continually warming Bering Sea is putting so much stress on the food chain there that its residents can’t find enough to eat.
September 11, 2018- Future of Tidal Wetlands Depends on Coastal Management, International Journal of Science

Coastal communities around the globe depend on tidal marshes and mangroves for the diverse ecological, economic and flood-mitigating services they provide. However, these relatively flat wetland systems commonly reside just above mean sea level and are at high risk of being drowned by rising sea levels.
September 12, 2018- State Awards $41 Million for 10 Coastal Resilience Projects , The Times-Picayune

The state of Louisiana announced Tuesday (Sept. 11) how it will divide $41 million among 10 flood resilience and community relocation projects on the coast. The federal funds, which come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's National Disaster Resilience Competition , will be spent in six parishes considered especially vulnerable to flooding, storms, rising sea levels and coastal erosion.
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).