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Resilient Connecticut Webinar

Resilient Connecticut Webinar Series Kickoff April 30, 2019 1:00 – 2:00 pm REGISTER HERE During this webinar, participants can learn and ask questions about: The latest climate projections for Connecticut sea level rise, temperature, and precipitation An overview of innovative resilient design strategies This new Resilient Connecticut project and opportunities to be involved moving forward. WEBINAR […]

Hartford’s Green Infrastructure Project

New Tools for Stormwater Management Hartford has been experiencing multiple challenges related to stormwater management.  With large quantities of impervious surface, high levels of clay, and a failing levee system that protects the Connecticut River from rising, the city’s ground cannot absorb stormwater, which exacerbates the amount of runoff and flooding.  After receiving a grant […]

Sea Level Rise Projections for the State of Connecticut

SEA LEVEL RISE | FINAL REPORT & PUBLIC MEETING The final report, Sea Level Rise in Connecticut, authored by CIRCA Executive Director and Professor of Marine Sciences, James O’Donnell was released in October 2018 and incorporated comments from a draft report release in 2017.  An Executive Summary of the final report is shown below along with public […]

Connecticut Living Shorelines: Projects into Practice Workshop

Monday, November 20, 2017 Workshop Presentations: Workshop overview and related projects and resources, Rebecca French – CIRCA, Director of Community Engagement, CIRCA overview Overview of Connecticut living shoreline permit process – Tonia Selmeski and John Gaucher, Environmental Analysts CT DEEP Land and Water Resources Division, SW District,  DEEP overview Hepburn Dune and Marsh, Fenwick, Marilyn Ozols – Land Use Administrator, Borough […]

CIRCA Receives 2017 NOAA Coastal Resilience Grant to Evaluate Living Shorelines to Reduce Flood Risk

The Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) at the University of Connecticut will be awarded funds to monitor, evaluate and provide recommendations for the design and placement of living shorelines (a.k.a. nature-based infrastructure). The funds for CIRCA are part of a $1 million 2017 NOAA Coastal Resilience Grant to the Northeast Regional Ocean […]

CIRCA Partnerships in Engagement and Education: The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk and Fairfield Museum Rising Tides Exhibit

By Hannah Spicer, CIRCA Undergraduate Program Assistant Intern, 2016-2017 Academic Year The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk was a recent recipient of a $485,000 grant awarded by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration in the United States Department of Commerce. They were one of five to receive this 2016 Environmental Literacy Grant out of 170 applications emphasizing […]

Introducing Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience Training

Update May 10, 2017: The training is currently full and registration is now closed.  Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Check-in at 8:30 AM 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM (coffee, snacks, and lunch will be provided) See agenda below Location: Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation, University of Connecticut Avery Point Campus, Groton, Connecticut Save the […]

Branford Connecticut’s Coastal Resilience Plan

Author – Rafeed Hussain, CIRCA Summer 2016 Undergraduate Student Intern. Rafeed is an environmental science major at the University of Connecticut. He will graduate in fall 2016. He is from Niantic, Connecticut. Branford Connecticut’s Coastal Resilience Plan The world is changing. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that by the turn of the century […]

Resilience Financing Options in Connecticut – CIRCA Releases Fact Sheet

Resilience Financing Options in Connecticut – CIRCA Releases Fact Sheet By Rebecca French,1 Wayne Cobleigh,2 Jessica LeClair,1 and Yi Shi3 1 Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation 2 GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. 3 Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Becoming resilient to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather in Connecticut has a […]

Current Policies on Sea Level Rise in Connecticut

By Rebecca French, Director of Community Engagement CIRCA and Maya Thompson CIRCA 2015-2016 Undergraduate Intern CIRCA is often asked, “What number should I be using for sea level rise for planning in my town?” There are many sea level rise planning tools available that are appropriate for education and awareness-raising and first-pass planning, but there also […]