November 22, 2013
Seeking new opportunities to use federal programs to help communities adapt to climate change, the Georgetown Climate Center brought together senior federal, state, and local officials Nov. 22 to discuss nature-based adaptation strategies, such as living shorelines.
The workshop focused on funding and regulatory programs administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Fish and Wildlife Service and is expected to result in recommendations to help President Obama use the Administration's existing authority to help prepare communities for climate change.
The event marked the second of three workshops that will be facilitated by the Georgetown Climate Center. The first workshop, which focused on how to incorporate the consideration of climate change impacts into floodplain maps, disaster relief programs, and other programs that affect land-use decisions in vulnerable areas was held Nov. 18. A third workshop, which will be dedicated to infrastructure resilience, will take place in early 2014.
The objective's of the Nov. 22 workshop were to:
- Identify the federal programs that have the greatest opportunity to support nature?based adaptation strategies.
- Identify challenges to implementing these approaches for flood control purposes.
- Identify data, information, or analysis needed to overcome challenges and integrate consideration of climate change in identified federal programs.
The agenda and a list of participants that attended the event are below.
12:00 PM Lunch
12:30 PM Welcome and workshop goals
12:45 PM Introductions
1:15 PM Funding programs ? Opportunities and barriers for supporting adaptation through the Corps Civil
Works program and aligning other federal funding programs for coastal restoration and flood
control (including NOAA, EPA, FWS, USDA programs).
3:15 PM Break
3:30 PM Regulatory programs and technical support ? Opportunities and challenges for supporting
adaptation through the Clean Water Act regulatory program (e.g., Regional General Permits for
living shorelines, Special Area Management Plans, updates to the Coastal Engineering Manual)
4:30 PM Recommendation development – reflect on today’s discussion and devise recommendations for
realigning federal programs to allow for more natural and nature?based flood control solutions as a
climate change adaptation strategy.
5:30 PM Adjourn