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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

LGEAN Update is a biweekly newsletter published by the International City/County Management Association. Its purpose is to keep you up to date on the latest environmental information of interest to local governments.


EPA Provides Tool to Help Communities Become More Flood Resistant
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new tool today to help communities prepare for, deal with and recover from floods. The Flood Resilience Checklist offers strategies that communities can consider, such as conserving land in flood-prone areas; directing new development to safer areas; and using green infrastructure approaches, such as installing rain gardens, to manage stormwater.-- (full text)


EPA releases report on revitalizing vacant and abandoned properties
Managing Vacant and Abandoned Property in the Green Zone of Saginaw, Michigan, a new report from EPA’s Smart Growth Program, can help communities facing the challenge of returning vacant and abandoned properties to productive use. The report is the product of EPA’s one-year Smart Growth Implementation Assistance project with the city of Saginaw to develop a land use and infrastructure strategy for the section of the city hit hardest by population decline. The report outlines options for dealing with infrastructure in areas that are largely vacant or abandoned, and highlights opportunities for green infrastructure and long-term economic growth. Click here to download the report.


16th Annual EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference--
Jul 27, 2014 – August 1, 2014

This conference will address the issues and challenges of managing municipal stormwater, as well as new and upcoming rules and regulations. Topics covered include low-impact development and green infrastructure projects, funding options, new technologies, and case studies. Click here to find out more.

WEBINAR: Greening Vacant Properties--
Aug 6, 2014 @ 2-3:30PM EDT

Join EPA’s Smart Growth Program for a webinar on how the city of Detroit has moved from plans to action in the revitalization of vacant properties. Presenters include Ashley Atkinson, Co-Director, Keep Growing Detroit, Erin Kelly, Program Manager, Detroit Future City, and Maggie Desantis, President/CEO, Warren/Conner Development Coalition. Who Should Attend: Planners, community leaders, state, local, and federal government staff, academics, researchers, and others interested in helping communities reuse vacant properties. Webinar information/registration.

WEBINAR: Flood Resilience and Recovery Assistance: Lessons Learned from Vermont-- Aug 13, 2014 @ 1-2:30PM EDT
The state of Vermont experienced major damage to roads, houses, and businesses due to flood impacts from Tropical Storm Irene in fall 2011. Vermont's Agency of Commerce and Community Development, along with the Agency of Natural Resources, Agency of Transportation, and the Mad River Valley Planning District, requested assistance from EPA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to recover from flood impacts and plan for long-term resilience to future disasters. Through EPA’s Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program, EPA and FEMA worked with state agencies and communities in Vermont to identify smart growth strategies that can help vulnerable communities prepare for and recover from floods. The project resulted in the report, Planning for Flood Recovery and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont: Smart Growth Approaches for Disaster-Resilient Communities, and a Flood Resilience Checklist, available here. This webinar will discuss the project, highlighting smart growth approaches and strategies communities can consider to become more flood resilient and what the state of Vermont and communities in the Mad River Valley have done since Irene to help enhance flood resilience by building back better than before. Webinar information/registration.


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