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Climate Change Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X)

Case Studies for Climate Change Adaptation

A list of case studies related to climate change adaptation. Select a tab below to view case studies for a particular interest.

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Air Quality

Case Name Description
California Prepares for Increased Wildfire Risk to Air Quality From Climate Change See how California is improving resiliency to particulate matter threats by planning to adapt to increased climate threats from wildfires.
Salt Lake City, Utah Adapts to Improve Air Quality Through Smart Growth See how Salt Lake City is implementing strategies that are reducing air pollutants in anticipation of increasing threats from climate change.

Water Management

Case Name Description
Anacortes, Washington Rebuilds Water Treatment Plant for Climate Change See how a water utility in Washington state partnered with experts to redesign and rebuild a water utility to adapt to sea level rise and other changing climate conditions.
Blue Plains Wastewater Facility in Washington DC Reinforces Facility Against Floods See how a wastewater utility in Washington, DC is protecting their facility by building a sea wall that accounts for higher river elevations and changing climate conditions.
Boston Raises Wastewater Facility to Avoid Inundation See how Boston's Deer Island Water Treatment Facility redesigned their facility to account for expected sea levels and routinely evaluates performance under the best-available climate science.
Camden, New Jersey Uses Green Infrastructure to Manage Stormwater See how Camden, NJ water utility used an EPA tool to assess the climate risks from projected precipitation increases and vulnerability of greater combined sewer overflows.
DC Utilizes Green Infrastructure to Manage Stormwater See how the Washington, DC Water and Sewer Authority will use green infrastructure to reduce combined sewer overflows, maintain water quality, and provide adaptive flexibility to changing climate conditions.
Fredericktown, Missouri Prepares for Climate Change Drought Risk See how a water utility in Fredericktown, MO used an EPA tool to assess climate vulnerability for their source water from drought, erosion and sedimentation.
Iowa City, Iowa Closes Vulnerable Wastewater Facility See how Iowa City, IA responded to riverine flooding risk by decommissioning a vulnerable facility and expanding service outside the floodplain.
Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts Assesses Climate Vulnerability See how Manchester-by-the-sea used an EPA tool to help assess drinking water system vulnerability to sea level rise.
Maryland Analyzes Coastal Wetlands Susceptibility to Climate Change See how the state of Maryland used a modeling tool to assess the vulnerability of salt marshes to projected sea level rise.
Minnehaha, MN Creek Watershed District Assesses Stormwater Management Climate Vulnerability See how the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District in Minnesota considered climate projections to better understand climate threats and vulnerability to stormwater management capabilities.
Pennsylvania Protects Coldwater Fisheries and Water Quality from Climate Change See how Pennsylvania is planning to adapt to climate threats to water quality criteria and protect ecosystem health, particularly for cold water fisheries.
San Juan Bay Estuary Program Assesses Vulnerability and Targets Low Risk Adaptation Measures See how the San Juan Bay Estuary Program assessed climate risk to the bay and identified adaptation strategies to reduce ecosystem vulnerability from changing climate conditions.
Smart Growth Along the Riverfront Helps Manage Stormwater in Iowa City, Iowa See how Iowa City, IA used smart growth strategies to increase climate change resiliency by removing vulnerable structures and managing stormwater along the riverfront.
Southern Nevada Water Authority Assesses Vulnerability To Climate Change See how the Southern Nevada Water Authority used an EPA tool to better assess climate vulnerability to drought and harmful algal blooms.
Southwest Florida Assesses Salt Marsh Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise See how Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program and Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council assessed the sea level rise climate vulnerability of marshes and wetlands and identified potential adaptation strategies.
Tampa Bay Diversifies Water Sources to Reduce Climate Risk See how a Tampa, FL water utility reduced vulnerability and evaluated climate threats to sea level rise exacerbated saltwater intrusion.

Waste Management & Emergency Response

Case Name Description
American Cyanamid Superfund Site Reduces Climate Exposure  See how American Cyanamid Superfund Site responded to disaster by rebuilding facilities to account for expected climate changes.
Barre City, Vermont Accounts for Climate Change within a Brownfield Redevelopment Plan See how a brownfield site redevelopment project in Barre City, Vermont used the Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives Checklist to better understand climate vulnerability.

Public Health

Case Name Description
California Prepares for Increased Wildfire Risk to Air Quality From Climate Change See how California is improving resiliency to particulate matter threats by planning to adapt to increased climate threats from wildfires.
Chicago, IL Adapts to Improve Extreme Heat Preparedness See how Chicago, IL is improving climate resilience to extreme heat events by engaging vulnerable communities and improving disaster response protocols.
Massachusetts Surveys Climate Readiness of Public Health Departments See how Massachusetts has surveyed local health departments to assess vulnerability to expected climate changes.
Minnesota Assesses Climate Risk to Public Health See how Minnesota has assessed projected public health risks from climate change across the state.
New York City Adapts To Deal with Projected Increase of Heat Waves See how New York City has used its vulnerability assessment to anticipate and prepare for changing conditions by using adaptation strategies to reduce extreme heat vulnerability.
New York City Assesses Extreme Heat Climate Risk See how New York City, NY assessed climate risk from extreme heat and is undertaking efforts to reduce current and future vulnerability.
Salt Lake City, Utah Adapts to Improve Air Quality Through Smart Growth See how Salt Lake City is implementing strategies that are reducing air pollutants in anticipation of increasing threats from climate change.

Adaptation Planning

Case Name Description
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Identified Smart Growth Strategies for More Resilient Communities See how the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments developed an adaptation plan with policy options for the consideration of its local jurisdictions.
The City of Boston Plans for Adaptation See the process by which the Boston city government assessed vulnerability and developed an adaptation plan to respond to sea level rise and other climate risks.
Quinault Indian Nation Plans for Relocation See how the Quinault Indian Nation is considering climate (sea level rise, storm surge, and river flooding) and non-climate (tsunami) risks together to form a village relocation plan.

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