Land & Water



Opinion I was busted by the light police. They had a point.

By Dana Milbank 05/05/23
Just eight weeks after I bought a place in the Virginia countryside, I was busted by the light police. First came an email from somebody who lives across the valley from me. “Your new place…
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The most mysterious forests on Earth are underwater

By Benji Jones 05/03/23
A few miles west of San Diego is a stretch of ocean that’s rather unremarkable from the surface. The water is cold and blue. There’s some green seaweed peeking out.
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There’s Something in the Water in Virginia. Before You Say ‘Yuck,’ Wait.

By Elena Shao 10/20/22
Virginia doesn’t have a megadrought like some parts of the United States, but it has water problems all the same: Homes and businesses in the Hampton Roads region, in the southeastern corner of the state,…
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Towns May Grow Millions More Trees with $1.5B for Urban Forestry

By Alex Brown 08/25/22
Last year, legislators in Washington state passed a law to bolster the urban forestry work of the Department of Natural Resources. The agency’s urban and community forestry program, which had just two staffers in 2020,…
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Oregon officials defy order to halt farmer water deliveries

The Klamath Irrigation District in Southern Oregon plans to defy a U.S. government order issued last week for a halt to water deliveries to farmers in the drought-stricken basin. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation manages…
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A Painful Deadline Nears as Colorado River Reservoirs Run Critically Low

By Henry Fountain 07/21/22
States in the Colorado River basin are scrambling to propose steep cuts in the water they’ll use from the river next year, in response to a call by the federal government for immediate, drastic efforts…
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11 Steps to Encourage Water Conservation in Your Community

By Brian Brassaw 08/16/21
When Don and Lynn Ireland moved to Cherry Creek 3, they were a bit frustrated by the fact that the entire community shared one single water meter. This meant everyone was responsible for the community’s…
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The Race for EV Parts Leads to Risky Deep-Ocean Mining

By Tatiana Schlossberg 07/29/21
Nauru, lying about halfway across the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean between Australia and Hawaii, is the world’s smallest island nation. But in the emerging industry of deep-sea mining, it punches far above its…
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Enlist the Ocean in Combatting Climate Change, Experts and Advocates Argue

By Sara Schonhardt 07/27/21
Climate scientists and marine advocates are calling on governments worldwide to look beyond green policymaking when it comes to climate change. They say a critical shade is missing in the fight against global warming.
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Climate Change Is Putting the Pressure on Crucial Coral Species in the Atlantic

By Carson Mccullough 07/19/21
Earth’s ongoing climate crisis has put a trio of critical stony coral species on a path towards an uncertain future that could have dire ramifications for their underwater biodomes, according to new research released Monday.
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Many cities want to plant trees. Why are some residents reluctant?

By YCC Team 07/09/21
To help limit climate change, the city of Pittsburgh intends to plant 100,000 new trees by 2030. The effort will focus on bringing more shade to low-income neighborhoods that lack green space. But some residents…
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How Trees Act As NYC’s “Natural Air Conditioning Units”

By Ben Yakas 07/01/21
You may have noticed that it's been a tad bit zesty outside this week—New York City has been under a heat advisory since Monday as record-breaking temperatures have made the city feel like the gooey,…
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A Smart Green Corridor

Innovative and efficient technologies, practices, designs and development come together in a smart green corridor to drive job creation, enhance water and soil resources, and increase community and economic value.

Science Empowering Communities In The Face Of Flooding

Surging Waters: Science Empowering Communities in the Face of Flooding is a report produced by AGU, a global not-for-profit scientific society dedicated to advancing the Earth and space sciences for the benefit of humanity.

Climate Ready Estuaries

CRE shares NEP examples to help other coastal managers, and provides technical guidance and assistance about climate change adaptation.

Storm Surge Inundation Map

This story map illustrates historical hurricane tracks, strike frequency, and potential areas of coastal flooding and inundation from storms by combining the National Hurricane Center’s (NHC’s) hurricane strike dataset.

What is Digital Coast?

This NOAA-sponsored website is focused on helping communities address coastal issues and has become one of the most-used resources in the coastal management community. The dynamic Digital Coast Partnership, whose members represent the website’s primary…

Association of State Floodplain Managers

The mission of ASFPM is to promote education, policies and activities that mitigate current and future losses, costs and human suffering caused by flooding, and to protect the natural and beneficial functions of floodplains -…


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We connect the dots between your actions and our collective impact to create more environmental and social good.

Western Kentucky University Stormwater Utility Survey 2019

This is a very exciting year for stormwater utilities. First, New London formed the first stormwater utility in Connecticut. Secondly, New Jersey passed a state law that allows communities to form stormwater utilities in the…

The Great Flood of 2019: A complete picture of a slow-motion disaster

This year's flooding across the Midwest and the South affected nearly 14 million people, yet the full scale of the slowly unfolding disaster has been difficult to fathom. The volume of water is only one…

People truly need to understand the causes of sea level rise and the impact it has on our communities. By working together, we can develop smart solutions to protect against this ever-growing problem. Our communities can make…

Flood IQ

Flood iQ covers the East coast and the Gulf coast, and visualizes your risk of sea level rise flooding today and up to 15 years in the future. It is a web based application created…

Flood Resilience Portal

The Flood Resilience Portals are online spaces for sharing practical knowledge (including ‘solutions’) about why and how to build community flood resilience. They bring together all of the knowledge generated and exchanged through the Zurich…


What you need to know about the link between sea-level rise and coastal flooding

By Jan Ellen Spiegel   08/06/19  
Whether it's called 'high-tide' flooding, 'sunny day,' or 'nuisance' flooding, the problem is getting worse in many coastal communities.
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Algae Bloom Fouls N.J.’s Largest Lake, Indicating Broader Crisis

By Anne Barnard   08/05/19  
Lake Hopatcong, normally buzzing with swimmers and water skiers, is filled with cyanobacteria in quantities never before recorded.
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These Creative Billboards Encourage People To Save Water

By Ausrys Uptas   07/22/19  
Did you know that an adult human body is about 60% water? It’s the most important chemical substance we need to survive yet we only seem to think about it when we get thirsty. Sadly,…
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Editorial: Measuring the costs of preparing for rising seas

A new report estimates the costs of seawalls. They’re not a good fit for Puget Sound, but what is?
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Conserving Coastal Habitats Can Help Address Climate Change

Paris Agreement provides framework for countries to protect vital ecosystems. Coastal wetlands and coral reefs are among the planet’s most biologically rich ecosystems, serving as nurseries and feeding grounds for a vast array of fish,…
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High-Tide Flooding On The Rise, Especially Along The East Coast, Forecasters Warn

By Rebecca Hersher   07/10/19  
Sea levels are rising, and that is sending more ocean water into streets, sewers and homes. For people who live and work in coastal communities, that means more otherwise-sunny days disrupted by flooding.
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Coastal retreat ‘not a crazy idea’ — study

By Daniel Cusick   07/09/19  
Home buyouts are becoming more common in flood-prone communities across the country. But the strategy has garnered little interest in oceanfront cities and towns, even as they face rising risks of flooding in a warmer…
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25 States Are at Risk of Serious Flooding This Spring, U.S. Forecast Says

By John Schwartz and Nadja Popovich   03/21/19  
Vast areas of the United States are at risk of flooding this spring, even as Nebraska and other Midwestern states are already reeling from record-breaking late-winter floods, federal scientists said on Thursday.
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2018 saw record-breaking rain in several PA cities

By Travis Kellar   01/02/19  
Some cities saw record-breaking rainfall for the year....
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Norfolk, Virginia: An Immediate Threat

Sea levels are rising everywhere, but the Navy town of Norfolk, Virginia has it worse. The land is sinking as much as an inch-and-a-half per decade. Scientists also believe that a slowing Gulf Stream is…
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Scientists triple their estimates of the number of people threatened by rising seas

By Chris Mooney   10/29/19  
150 million could live below the high tide line by 2050, new research finds.
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Three islands disappeared in the past year. Is climate change to blame?

By Denise Chow   06/09/19  
The same forces that sunk the remote islands could put coastlines around the world at risk, scientists say.
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For the Midwest, Epic Flooding Is the Face of Climate Change

By Megan Molteni   05/24/19  
Fierce storms lashed across the central US this week, unleashing hundreds of powerful tornadoes that carved a path of destruction through parts of Missouri and Oklahoma Wednesday night, and left at least three dead. While…
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Broken flood insurance should help people move, not rebuild

By Rob Moore and Joel Scata, Opinion Contributors   10/10/17  
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, have exposed a major shortcoming of the National Flood Insurance Program: federal flood insurance is ill-prepared to handle the major flood events that are becoming all-too frequent.
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