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Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group

The Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group website has information on events, invasive plant information for Connecticut, and control information. The mission of the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group is to gather and convey information on the presence, distribution, ecological impacts, and management of invasive species; to promote uses of native or non-invasive ornamental alternatives throughout Connecticut; and to work cooperatively with researchers, conservation organizations, government agencies, green industries, and the general public to identify and manage invasive species pro-actively and effectively. Organized in 1997 as an ad-hoc group, the Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group (CIPWG) meets 1 to 2 times per year to collaborate and share information about invasive plant issues affecting Connecticut and the region. The group includes federal, state, and town agency staff, researchers, nursery growers, educators, master gardeners, community members, and interested citizens.

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NYSDEC Permits, Licenses, and Registrations

Use this website to find New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) permits, licenses, registrations or certifications.

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CLEAR: Rain Garden App

A website and a downloadable app for your mobile device. The resource has information about rain gardens, designing, selecting plants, and installing a garden on your property.

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Stormwater Management
Water Quality

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Understanding Living Shorelines

NOAA overview of living shorelines and their benefits, steps to construction. There is a good map of places where they have been constructed around the US. It is a good place to get basic info about living shorelines, with appropriate links to more specific information like how to get a permit

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Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan

The Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan (LINAP) is a multiyear initiative to reduce the amount of nitrogen entering Long Island’s groundwater and surface water from wastewater (sewer and septic systems), stormwater runoff and fertilizers. LINAP is led by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Long Island Regional Planning Council (LIRPC) along with Suffolk and Nassau counties, with input from multiple partners and stakeholders. Learn more about LINAP and actions you can take to reduce nitrogen to Long Island’s waterways.

Water Quality
Policies & Regulations

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Westchester County Native Plant information

Click through all the pages to find guidance on native vs non-native plants, where to buy native plants in Westchester, how to guides, and local ordinances.

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USGS Coastal Science Navigator

The Coastal Science Navigator is intended to help users discover USGS Coastal Change Hazards information, products, and tools relevant to their scientific or decision-making needs.

Flooding
Land Use
Nature-based Solutions
Wetlands

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Sustainable CT

Sustainable CT provides a wide-ranging menu of resilience best practices, opportunities for grant funding, and a voluntary certification program that recognizes thriving and resilient CT communities. Municipalities choose Sustainable CT actions, implement them, and earn points toward certification.

Infrastructure
Incentive Programs
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Policies & Regulations

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Reduce Flood Risk – Library of Flood Mitigation Strategies and Resources

ReduceFloodRisk.org was developed by the Association of State Floodplain Managers to help property owners and buyers in flood prone areas identify strategies to reduce their properties risk of flooding.

Flooding
Policies & Regulations

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Ready to Fund Resilience Toolkit

This toolkit describes “how” local government leads and partners can design more fundable projects by pulling specific policy levers, seeking key partnerships, using innovative accounting practices, inverting power structures, and rethinking and redesigning internal processes. It will help local government leads and partners operate within current finance and policy systems to better prepare themselves and their communities for climate resilience funding and finance.

Economic Impacts
Incentive Programs
Funding/Grants
Policies & Regulations

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NYSDOH Extreme Heat Resources

Information from the NYS Department of Health (DOH) on extreme heat impacts and resources for the public.

Environmental Health Hazards
Extreme Weather & Storms

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NOAA State Climate Summaries

The 2022 State Climate Summaries provide new information on assessment topics directly related to NOAA’s mission, specifically historical climate variations and trends, future climate model projections of climate conditions during the 21st century, and past and future conditions of sea level and coastal flooding. Select your state to find state-level information for observed changes in climate, including both long-term trends and extreme weather events.

Flooding
Sea Level Rise
Stormwater Management
Infrastructure
Extreme Weather & Storms

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MyCoast New York

MyCoast NY collects and catalogs photos provided by volunteers that document changing water levels, shorelines, and hazardous weather impacts across New York’s varied coasts and water bodies. Photos are linked to real-time environmental conditions to create flooding and storm impact reports that help stakeholders like government agencies, business owners, and residents understand our changing environment and make informed decisions.

Erosion
Flooding
Sea Level Rise
Extreme Weather & Storms

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MyCoast Greenwich, Connecticut

Submit your coastal flooding photos through this website/app. Photos are linked to real-time environmental conditions to create flooding reports that help stakeholders understand our changing environment and make informed decisions.

Flooding
Sea Level Rise
Extreme Weather & Storms

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Living Shorelines Academy

Learn about living shorelines and their benefits to communities. This website contains training modules, a white papers database, a database of living shoreline projects, professionals directory, and online forum.

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Connecticut Shoreline Change Analysis

The Connecticut Shoreline Change Project analyzes how the Connecticut shoreline has changed between the late 1800’s and 2006 through loss (erosion) and gain (accretion) over time.

Erosion
Flooding
Land Use

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Connecticut Coastal Permitting

Contains guidance documents and information on coastal permitting from the State of Connecticut.

Flooding
Infrastructure
Policies & Regulations

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Adapt CT (CTSG & CLEAR) – Climate Adaptation Academy

Aimed at municipalities, this website provides workshop materials and legal issue fact sheets on topics relating to climate adaptation, including living shorelines, flooding, liability, shoreline boundaries, and more.

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Policies & Regulations

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CLEAR: Center for Land Use Education and Research

CLEAR, a program of UConn’s College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources, provides information, education, and assistance to land use decision makers, in support of balancing growth and natural resource protection.

Land Use
Nature-based Solutions
Stormwater Management
Water Quality
Policies & Regulations

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Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast

A platform with resources by state for brownfield remediation, resilience, and sustainable redevelopment.

Environmental Health Hazards
Economic Impacts
Environmental Justice

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Adapt CT (CTSG & CLEAR) – Connecticut Beaches and Dunes: A Hazard Guide for Coastal Property Owners

Website (also available as a PDF) to help coastal property owners evaluate threats to beaches and dunes and consider potential solutions. It includes background information on dune systems, and how to identify shoreline erosion.

Erosion
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Nature-based Solutions

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Adapt CT (CTSG & CLEAR) – Coastal Landscaping Guide for Long Island Sound

Helps shoreline homeowners choose appropriate landscaping options including plant species.

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Nature-based Solutions

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