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Draft 2011 Connecticut Climate Change Preparedness Plan

Draft 2011 Connecticut Climate Change Preparedness Plan

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Connecticut Climate ChangePreparedness Plan
Adaptation Strategies for Agriculture, Infrastructure, Natural Resources and Public Health Climate Change Vulnerabilities 
 A Report by the Governor’s Steering Committee on Climate Change (GSC) Adaptation Subcommittee 2011 PRELIMINARY DRAFT- Do Not Cite or Quote
 
 
CT Climate Preparedness Plan- DRAFT
2
 
Acknowledgements
The Adaptation Subcommittee would like to acknowledge the climate change projection work,including counsel of its members, from the New York Panel on Climate Change (NPCC 2009)and the Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment (NECIA; Frumhoff et al. 2007) used in theanalysis of climate change impacts to Connecticut, summarized in this report. (See the inset boxin the introduction of this report for a complete list of Adaptation Subcommittee members.) TheAdaptation Subcommittee also would like to acknowledge the commitment and dedication of allof the Adaptation Subcommittee workgroup co-chairs and participants.
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is an affirmative action/equal opportunityemployer and service provider. In conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, DEEP makes every effortto provide equally effective services for persons with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities who need thisinformation in an alternative format, to allow them to benefit and/or participate in the agency’s programs andservices, should call 860-418-5937 or e-mail Barbara.Viadella@ct.gov . Persons who are hearing impaired shouldcall the State of Connecticut relay number 711.
Cover Photo
Water quality and quantity, a critical climate change adaptation consideration, is represented bythe Lower Beaver Brook is located in Barkhamsted, a cold water stream that feeds theMetropolitan District Commission (MDC) Lake McDonough or Compensating Reservoir.Projected changes of water quality and quantity caused by climate change will impact all sectorsof Connecticut society. For more information about adaptation strategies to compensate forchanges in water quality and quantity see the
Common Climate Change Concerns
section. Photois courtesy of CT DEEP.
 
 
CT Climate Preparedness Plan- DRAFT
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Table of Contents
 
INTRODUCTION..................................................................................................................................................
 
9
 
T
HE
N
EED FOR
C
LIMATE
C
HANGE
P
REPAREDNESS
 
...............................................................................................
 
9
 
C
LIMATE
C
HANGE
A
DAPTATION
O
PPORTUNITIES
 
.................................................................................................
 
10
 
C
LIMATE
C
HANGE
A
DAPTATION
C
OURSE OF
A
CTION
 
..........................................................................................
 
11
 
C
LIMATE
C
HANGE
I
MPACTS
 
...................................................................................................................................
 
11
 
ADAPTATION
 
STRATEGIES
 
FOR
 
CLIMATE
 
CHANGE
 
IMPACTS...............................................................................
 
13
 
G
UIDING
P
RINCIPLES FOR
A
DAPTATION
S
TRATEGIES
 
..........................................................................................
 
13
 
C
OMMON
C
LIMATE
C
HANGE
C
ONCERNS OF
C
ONNECTICUT
A
GRICULTURE
,
 
I
NFRASTRUCTURE
,
 
N
ATURAL
R
ESOURCES AND
P
UBLIC
H
EALTH
:
 
A
DAPTATION 
TRATEGIES FOR 
ATER 
UALITY AND 
UANTITY 
,
 
ESEARCH AND 
DUCATION 
,
 
COSYSTEM 
ERVICES 
,
 
UILDINGS AND 
RANSPORTATION 
................................
 
13
 
Water Quality and Quantity 
 
.............................................................................................................................
 
14
 
Research and Education 
 
.................................................................................................................................
 
24
 
Ecosystem Services 
 
........................................................................................................................................
 
26
 
Buildings and Cultural/Historic Structures 
 
....................................................................................................
 
27 
 
Transportation Systems and Structures 
 
.......................................................................................................
 
28
 
Regional Cooperation 
 
......................................................................................................................................
 
28
 
A
DAPTATION
S
TRATEGIES FOR
C
ONNECTICUT
A
GRICULTURE
,
 
I
NFRASTRUCTURE
,
 
N
ATURAL
R
ESOURCES AND
P
UBLIC
H
EALTH
 
......................................................................................................................................................
 
30
 
Agriculture 
 
.........................................................................................................................................................
 
30
 
Natural Resources 
 
...........................................................................................................................................
 
51
 
Public Health 
 
.....................................................................................................................................................
 
65
 
D
EMONSTRATION
P
ROJECTS
 
.................................................................................................................................
 
74
 
C
OMMITTEE
 
.............................................................................................................................................................
 
74
 
CONCLUSION
 
....................................................................................................................................................
 
75
 
WORKS
 
CITED
 
...................................................................................................................................................
 
76
 
APPENDIX
 
.........................................................................................................................................................
 
78
 
A
PPENDIX
A:
 
...........................................................................................................................................................
 
79
 
A
DAPTATION
M
ENUS FOR
A
GRICULTURE
,
 
I
NFRASTRUCTURE AND
N
ATURAL
R
ESOURCES
 
................................
 
79
 
Agriculture 
 
.........................................................................................................................................................
 
79
 
Infrastructure 
 
.....................................................................................................................................................
 
89
 
 Natural Resources
 
............................................................................................................................................
 
100
 
A
PPENDIX
B:
 
.........................................................................................................................................................
 
106
 
I
DENTIFICATION OF
A
PPROPRIATE
C
ONNECTICUT
P
LANNING
R
EPORTS FOR
A
DAPTATION
S
TRATEGY
I
NCLUSION
 
.............................................................................................................................................................
 
106
 
A
PPENDIX
C:
 
P
UBLIC
C
OMMENT
 
..........................................................................................................................
 
112
 

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