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GreenStep City Best Practices Resilient Economic & Community Development

Climate Adaptation and Community Resilience
no. 29

Plan and prepare for extreme weather, adapt to changing climatic conditions, and foster stronger community connectedness and social and economic vitality.
  Best Practice Action 7      [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ]       [all actions]

Protect water supply and wastewater treatment facilities to reduce physical damage and sustain their function during extreme weather events.

  • Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) and the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit provide water utility managers with tools, training, and technical assistance needed to adapt to climate change, including the Climate Resilience Evaluation & Awareness Tool (CREAT; US EPA). View Your Utility's Scenario-Based Climate Projection for location-specific 2035 and 2060 projections of annual total precipitation, annual average temperature, precipitation intensity for the 100-year storm, and number of days per year with temperatures above 100ºF. [Can be used for 3 Star implementation.]
  • The Infrastructure Stress Transparency Tool created by the Minnesota Office of the State Auditor consolidates a variety of state and local data sources about the age, value and condition of community civil infrastructure (sewer, wastewater treatment, and drinking water) into a set of interactive maps to assist with planning needed investments. [Use for 1 Star implementation.]
  • The Storm Events Database can be searched by county for incidents of flash flooding, heavy rain, excessive heat, drought, and more from 1950 to the present. Provides detailed descriptions of each specific incident and locations (cities) affected, number of resulting deaths and injuries, and property damage estimates. [Applicable to 1 Star implementation.]
  • New EPA app for mobile devices gives water utility operators and response partners all the tools they need to increase resilience during an emergency including weather updates, emergency response contacts, actions to prepare and respond and more. Download EPA's Response On The Go from App Store or Google Play Store.
  • Learn how to plan for climate change with the Adaptation Strategies Guide for Water Utilities which includes sustainability briefs, examples of utilities implementing adaptation options, and worksheets to help with the planning process. [Use for 1 Star implementation. Can be useful for 2 and 3 Star implementation.]
  • Flood Resilience - A Basic Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities lets you click on Mitigation Options for helpful checklists of low-cost to expensive mitigation options for specific assets/operations including lift stations, headworks, treatment plants, instrumentation and electrical controls, power stations, buildings (relevant for other city buildings too), and more. [Use for 2 Star and 3 Star implementation.]
  • Drought Response and Recovery: A Basic Guide for Water Utilities covers staffing, response plans and funding, water supply and demand management, communication and partnerships. Links to useful resources including the U.S. Drought Monitor. [Use for 2 Star and 3 Star implementation.]
Use the CREAT risk assessment (or the like) to help understand and adapt to extreme weather; take into account infrastructure stressors (such as age), updated precipitation data (Atlas 14), and climate change trends or projections.
Implement all applicable low-cost ($) mitigation options for a specific type of assets/operations (such as lift stations, headworks, water intake/distribution/storage, booster stations/pumps, or treatment plants), based on 1-percent annual exceedance probability (AEP) flood protection plus 3 feet.
Implement 2 Star level plus either: (a) all applicable low-cost ($) mitigation options for additional asset type(s), OR (b) medium-cost ($$) or high-cost ($$$) mitigation options for any of the asset types, based on 1-percent AEP flood protection plus 3 feet.

Maplewood pending

Date action report first entered:   04/29/2016
Date of last report update:   04/29/2016

Implementation details:
In January 2016 Maplewood launched the Energize Maplewood! Team Energy Challenge. This is one of the City's energy actions outlined in the Energize Maplewood! Energy Action Plan. The plan was drafted as part of the Partners in Energy Program, which is sponsored by Xcel Energy. The Team Energy Challenge includes 100 households that have formed teams to reduce energy use through conservation, energy efficiency improvements and utility rebate programs. Another component of the challenge is education, outreach, and special events. At Fish Creek, the City's newest neighborhood preserve, partners and contractors restored over 22 acres of grassland to native prairie vegetation, and volunteers planted trees and prairie plugs. The City works with school groups on service learning projects. Students from Century College and public schools in the area volunteer to plant trees and plant native plants or improve raingardens throughout the City.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Number of people participating in the energy challenge, number of energy efficiency improvements made, reduction in energy use. Number of people participating in programs to improve community assets (community gardens, urban trees, stormwater green infrastructure). Number of trees planted, raingardens planted or improved, or food produced from community gardens.

Descriptive links: www.maplewoodmn.gov/energychallenge

For more information contact:
Shann Finwall (City staff)   |   shann.finwall@maplewoodmn.gov   |   651-249-2304

Xcel Energy, Maplewood Nature Center

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pending means a star rating has not yet been assigned to this city

greenstep advisor
Laura Millberg, MBA, LEED AP BD+C, Sustainable Development and Climate Resilience Principal Planner, MN Pollution Control Agency: 651/757-2568, Laura.Millberg@state.mn.us, https://www.pca.state.mn.us/quick-links/community-resilience