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Summary of State Actions to Support Local Progress

This page provides an overview of the actions Connecticut is taking to support adaptation efforts at the local level.

The state developed the Connecticut Adaptation Resource Toolkit (CART), a website that features a one-stop shop for climate adaptation information and resources. The site offers trainings and events to support and inform local adaptation efforts, as well as to help coordinate and oversee funding opportunities for municipal adaptation work. It includes a page specific to “the Built Environment and Infrastructure” that describes climate impacts for infrastructure and lists resources that can inform infrastructure planning. The website is still live, but has not been updated since 2013.

The state established the Connecticut Institute for Resilience & Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) at the University of Connecticut, which provides technical assistance and supports research to help Connecticut local governments adapt to the impacts of climate change. For example, CIRCA has advanced projects on improving the scientific understanding of climate risks and facilitating the use of living shorelines, marsh preservation, and other ecosystem services as a strategy for adapting to rising sea levels. CIRCA also offers grants to municipalities and other institutions to support adaptation work.

To support local efforts to adapt to increasing risks of drought, Governor Malloy announced the state's first Drought Watch in October 2016, asking residents, businesses and local governments to voluntarily reduce their water use by 15 percent. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is also working with municipalities to encourage the use of green infrastructure and low impact development (LID) practices to encourage groundwater recharge. The state has also provided a model ordinance for municipalities to help them restrict water usage from washing cars, leaking faucets, watering plants and lawns, filling swimming pools, washing impervious services, and for emergency services (like fire fighting).


(Research last updated: June 25, 2018).


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