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CA mountain wildfire with USFS response truck. (Source: USDA, FS)

California prepares for increased wildfire risk to air quality from climate change

Last Updated: February 1, 2024

Wildfires affect air quality by increasing the amount of harmful particulates in the air. To address this issue, California conducted a vulnerability assessment to understand how climate change will impact the severity of wildfires. The State included wildfire risks and associated air quality impacts in its public health action plan.

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View of Albuquerque, N.M. downtown cityscape at twilight.

Central New Mexico prepares for climate change in its long- and short-range Metropolitan Transportation Plan

Last Updated: April 9, 2024

After recognizing the risks from climate change, the Mid-Region Council of Governments of New Mexico integrated climate considerations into its transportation and land-use plans. Officials collaborated with local stakeholders and federal agencies to update its transportation planning documents, which require the expansion of public transportation throughout the region.

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The first growing season for the Reedy Creek Stream Restoration project, which was completed in 2019. A beneficiary of Charlotte’s mitigation banking program, the project protects Reedy Creek’s water quality, which had been struggling due to impacts from recent housing developments. (Source: Wildlands Engineering Inc)

Charlotte-based utility runs a stream and wetland mitigation bank

Published: March 1, 2024

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services established a mitigation banking program to preserve and improve local streams and wetlands. The program ensures that public sector projects make up for aquatic resource impacts close to where a stream or wetland disturbance takes place.

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An aerial view of the Hidden Valley Community where Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services purchased eight homes through the local floodplain buyout program. (Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services)

Charlotte-Mecklenburg region runs local floodplain buyouts program

Published: March 1, 2024

Local governments in the Charlotte, N.C. region established a merged city-county stormwater utility. The merged utility reduced flood risk in the region using floodplain buyouts.

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Flooding in neighborhood following Hurricane Florence.

City of Fayetteville’s Watershed Master Plan program

Published: February 2023

City of Fayetteville leaders evaluated the severity of citywide flooding. They used the information to identify regional-scale projects and ensure multi-jurisdiction collaborations to create flood resiliency. The City’s Watershed Master Plan included the final set of prioritized, short- and long-term projects. The City has already approved over $40 million for high-priority projects.

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