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Resiliency and water resources management: Water supply in a changing climate

Maryland citizens are blessed with an abundant supply of water. However, many water systems are already stressed during droughts, and infrastructure damage and water contamination occurs during floods.

Published: July 23, 2013
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Climate Change & Energy: Public Attitudes, Behaviors & Policy Support

Maryland is a state that is highly vulnerable to climate change, and is also taking significant steps to protect its citizens and natural resources from these risks.

Published: July 23, 2013
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Best Management Practices: Preserving clean water in a changing climate

Risk management is critical in any restoration project. Risks include those associated with climate patterns, such as more intense storms, as well as those associated with land use change, site selection, and design. Addressing these risks in conjunction with ongoing restoration efforts will prepare communities for greater variability and may result in cost savings and reduced risk.

Published: July 22, 2013
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Public Health, Energy & Climate Change

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, together with the George Mason University, is pleased to present this report on Maryland attitudes towards public health, energy, and climate change. The survey, funded by the Town Creek Foundation, is the first comprehensive survey of Maryland residents to find out what they think about the public health impacts of climate change.

Published: July 16, 2013
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Watershed Management: Conservation in a changing climate

Maryland’s extensive aquatic ecosystems range from freshwater swamps and bogs to freshwater rivers and marshes to coastal bays and salt marshes. These ecosystems are influenced by precipitation, temperature, tropical storms, and human activity.

Published: July 12, 2013
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Updating Maryland’s Sea-level Rise Projections

With 3,100 miles of tidal shoreline and low-lying rural and urban lands, “The Free State” is one of the most vulnerable to sea-level rise. Historically, Marylanders have long had to contend with rising water levels along the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean, and Coastal Bay shores. Shorelines have eroded and low-relief lands and islands (some previously inhabited) have been inundated.

Published: June 26, 2013
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Effective actions for local governmentsEffective Climate Protection Actions for Local Governments

Climate change will affect different areas of Maryland differently. Most areas will likely experience heavier rains, stronger storms, more frequent droughts, and more extreme heat waves. Coastal areas will also experience the effects of rising sea levels.
Choose one or more activities from each applicable category below to reduce your community’s risk in your jurisdiction.

Published: June 14, 2013
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Climate Change Impact Areas: Planning for a changing climate

Changes in Maryland’s climate system will likely have far-reaching impacts, most notably those associated with rising sea level, increasing temperatures, and changes in precipitation patterns. Acknowledging the increasing likelihood and magnitude of these impacts and their associated risks is necessary to protect both natural and man-made environments for years to come.

Published: April 22, 2013
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