Draft EPA Urban Resilience to Climate Change Document Available for Public comment

EPA has published a Federal Register (FR) Notice announcing the availability of a draft document entitled, “Evaluating Urban Resilience to Climate Change: A Multi-Sector Approach,” for a 30-day public comment period ending July 21, 2016.  The document shares results from the use of EPA’s assessment tool that was developed by the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) within the Office of Research and Development (ORD) to help cities identify areas of resilience and vulnerability to climate change impacts in eight different municipal sectors (including water, and public health and emergency response).  It also demonstrates how the tool’s assessment method provides useful information for future adaptation planning for different types of cities and shares case studies from Washington, DC and Worcester, Massachusetts with specific information about drinking water infrastructure and supply impacts.

The FR Notice also announces that EPA’s contractor will select four independent experts from a pool of eight to conduct an external scientific peer review of the same draft document.  For more information and to download the document, visit EPA’s website HERE. To view the FR Notice and provide comments, go HERE.  For technical information, please contact Susan Julius of EPA’s NCEA at julius.susan@epa.gov or 703-347-8619.