Climate Panel Presentation- CCW conference

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Presentation by American Rivers during the Climate Panel breakout group at the Choose Clean Water conference

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  • Already seeing climate impacts on water – e.g. ATL Only 6 months after a record multi-yr drought… 13+ inches of rain fell in one week in mid-Sept (one-quarter the normal annual rainfall) – 10 deaths, $500M damage, shut down Interstates, swamped sewage plants To anyone paying attention this is setting off alarms; We need to fundamentally rethink our water systems.
  • Shape the way that humans adapt so that it is effective, affordable, and compatible with the natural environment Help wildlife adapt by protecting and restoring the natural form and function of rivers
  • Center photo: www.sewerhistory.org/grfx.htm; 4:00: water pipe break in L.A. by Frederic Carpentier (flickr); 8:00: Ryan Pikkel January ’08 Chicago sinkhole (flickr); 2:00: Todd Lappin (flickr) September ’07 sinkhole in San Francisco, CA;
  • PROTECT, RESTORE, MIMIC, CONSERVE
  • Protect, restore, replicate Protect – small streams, wetlands, buffer zones, source water watersheds, etc Restore – flood plains and other degraded areas to better restore natural function and protect communities (photo:Anita Westervelt-FEMA-Former Residentail area in Crystal City MO was bought out by State and Local Govt for flood plain) Replicate – natural function in urban areas – using techniques such as green roofs, raingardens and rain barells to infiltrate, exaporate and reuse water. A key strategy as part of urban revitalization.
  • PROTECT, RESTORE, MIMIC, CONSERVE
  • Invest in green infrastructure: a. Improve effectiveness, b. Enhance resilience, c. Reduce greenhouse gases, d. Address uncertainty, e. Save money, f. Create domestic jobs
  • Photo source: http://bclionsden.ca/blog/tag/tailgate-party/
  • Climate Panel Presentation- CCW conference

    1. 1. Managing the Unavoidable Choose Clean Water Conference January 2010 Andrew Fahlund
    2. 2. Every watershed has an historic range of water conditions Dry Wet
    3. 3. The new “normal” with climate change Dry More frequent and intense droughts More frequent and intense storms A shifting average. Wet
    4. 4. September 2009 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Atlanta November 2007
    5. 6. What can we do?
    6. 7. IGNORE!
    7. 8. MOVE!
    8. 9. ADAPT!
    9. 10. Adaptation for people and wildlife
    10. 11. Not very adaptable…
    11. 12. Our water infrastructure is crumbling
    12. 13. Our “natural” water infrastructure is being lost
    13. 14. Prioritize flexible solutions that provide multiple benefits “ Green Infrastructure”
    14. 15. Replicate Protect Restore
    15. 16. <ul><li>Effective </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Scalable </li></ul><ul><li>Cheaper </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Compatible with ecosystem adaptation </li></ul>Benefits of “Green Infrastructure”
    16. 17. www.americanrivers.org/naturalsecurity
    17. 18. Changes to Policy <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Integrate climate change in all decision making </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Coordinate multiple authorities – science, planning, investment, regulation </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Invest in “green infrastructure” – e.g. Stimulus, Appropriations, Cap and Trade, State Bonds </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Address subsidies – e.g. flood insurance, agriculture </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Improve the science while moving forward with “no regrets approaches” </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    18. 19. <ul><li>“ The problem with </li></ul><ul><li>a traditional pipes </li></ul><ul><li>and plants approach </li></ul><ul><li>is that…you can’t hold a picnic or a tailgate party in a Deep Tunnel…“ </li></ul><ul><li>Milwaukee Mayor, Tom Barrett </li></ul>
    19. 20. For more information go to www.americanrivers.org
    20. 21. Maryland: Green Street Project <ul><li>Town of Edmonston, Chesapeake Bay Trust, Low Impact Development Center </li></ul>Photos: U.S. EPA Region III, Town of Edmonston
    21. 22. Green Street Before After Photos: Town of Edmonston
    22. 23. Restoration of the Rappahannock River

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