Tag Archives: Climate Resilience

SANDAG Holistic Implementation of Adaptation and Transportation Resilience Strategies

Dudek worked with SANDAG to create a methodology that local jurisdiction planners and project managers can use to identify what climate adaptations and environmental justice strategies should be implemented and why. This methodology provides a deliberate process for understanding local vulnerabilities and values, as well as evaluating adaptation strategies based on equity, economic, environmental, and

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City of Oxnard Urban Forestry and Tree Program Review

The City of Oxnard’s Tree Program Review provides a road map for the City to plan for the future of its trees. Dudek used a comprehensive approach to address issues associated with deferred maintenance, declining tree health, species diversity, out-of-date City tree policies, and infrastructure conflicts to develop the Tree Program Review.

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Water Storage 101: How 3 Types of Reservoirs Support Long-Term Water Supply

In California, the past 20 years have been the driest in over 1,000 years, but a deluge of storms in January and February 2023 brought more than 24.5 trillion gallons of water to the state. “In the past several years, we’ve said, ‘We welcome every drop we can get,’” Dudek hydrogeologist Jill Weinberger said. But

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How to Secure Funding for Projects through California’s Climate Adaptation Planning Grant Program

California state law requires jurisdictions to integrate considerations for climate change and associated risk into General Plans, Climate Adaptation Plans, and Local Coastal Programs. The law also incentivizes the integration of adaptation in Local and Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plans. Collectively, these plans guide the development of long-term community vision, infrastructure investments, community health and safety,

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How Dudek is Helping Improve Water Equity in Tribal and Underrepresented Communities through Outreach and Engagement

California has more federally recognized tribes than any other state—109 to be exact. Within the State of California, Tribes, Tribal Communities, and Underrepresented Communities face multiple challenges regarding water equity and access to clean, affordable, and sustainable groundwater and water resources, such as groundwater overdraft and groundwater basin contamination. The Public Policy Institute of California

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New Wildfire Crisis Strategy: 3 Targeted Ways the USFS Plans to Protect Communities at Risk

The warming climate, a proliferation of uncleared vegetation, and development near wildlands all combine to fuel devastating fire seasons that begin earlier and earlier each year, especially across the American West. In 2020, 10.1 million acres burned nationwide. To address this crisis, in January of 2022, the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service (Forest Service)

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How Effective Fuel Reduction Can Protect Against Wildfires Every Year

In 2020, more than 9.5 million acres burned because of 26,000 fires throughout the 12 states of the American West. [NF1] Seventeen thousand structures burned—most of which were in California—and 54% of those structures were residences. Since 2000, across the US, about 70,600 wildfires have burned 7 million acres, on average each year. This is more

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No Regrets: Community Planning in the Midst of Uncertainty

Climate change has already impacted communities across the US, however, even with sophisticated models, the where, when, and how severe future impacts will be is still uncertain. For this reason, some municipalities, especially those that lack staff or funds, may be hesitant to undertake highly specific climate resilient projects or implement climate change policies. “No

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Trees are Infrastructure: Planning for Trees to Create Resilient, Equitable Communities

Planning for Trees Improves Climate Resiliency As the climate changes and the earth warms, extreme heat days (temperatures over 95°F) have increased in frequency and wildfires fueled by dry vegetation burn bigger and for longer, negatively impacting air quality both locally and nationally. While unable to completely cancel out the impacts of an extreme heat

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