Stormwater Management in Response to Climate Change Impacts: Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay and Great Lakes Regions (Final Report)
Notice EPA announces the availability of the final report, Stormwater Management in Response to Climate Change Impacts: Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay and Great Lakes Regions, in a May 19, 2016 Federal Register Notice.
The intended audiences for this report are local and state planners and managers engaged in the development and implementation of stormwater management policies and practices, local climate change or sustainability coordinators, or anyone charged with implementing climate change adaptation plans, and scientists working on climate change adaptation specific to stormwater control.
Water resources in the United States are affected by a number of climate stressors, including increasing temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, and extreme events. These changing conditions have implications for stormwater management as local decision makers look to improve existing infrastructure and build new stormwater systems. A number of recent workshops and other community efforts in cities and counties across the Chesapeake Bay and Great Lakes regions have initiated conversations about how projected land use and climate change could impact local water conditions and how adaptation actions such as green infrastructure and low impact development can fit into decision-making processes to address such changes.
These recent efforts provide insights into how climate change practitioners can more effectively work with communities to incorporate climate change information into local planning and decision making for stormwater management. Lessons learned from these adaptation planning experiences focus on locally identified barriers to addressing climate change, methods to overcome barriers in the short term, and long term information needs to further assist communities in their stormwater adaptation efforts.
|2011-2015||Collaborative research -- Evaluating Stormwater Solutions for Ohio Collaborative Research Project (NOAA).|
|Aug-Sep 2011||Needs assessment and workshops -- Planning for Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region (NOAA).|
|Nov 2012||Workshop -- Forwarding Adaptation in the Great Lakes Region (NOAA).|
|2012-2014||Economic Assessment of Green Infrastructure Strategies for Climate (NOAA).|
|Apr-Jun 2013||Workshops - Stormwater Responses to Land Use and Climate Change in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, Stafford, VA; Baltimore, MD; York, PA (EPA).|
|May-Sep 2013||Workshops -- Great Lakes Adaptation Assessment for Cities (NOAA).|
|Jun 2013||Workshop -- Supporting Climate and Coastal Resilience Planning in the Western Lake Erie Basin (NOAA).|
|Oct 2013||Workshop - Preparing Stormwater Systems for Climate Change—a workshop for Lake Erie basin communities (NOAA).|
|Feb 2015||EPA performed an internal review of the draft report.|
|Oct 2015||EPA published the draft report for a 30-day public comment and review.|
|May 2016||EPA released the final report.|
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