This report on regional water planning for climate resilience considers the specific circumstances of
the Midwest Ecoregion of the United States. In our analysis, we explore climate data resources across
the state to discover ways in which climate change will severely impact or hinder communities in the
Midwest, particularly those in Minnesota. Climate change will cause extreme rain events, increased
temperatures, and drought in the ecoregion, which will overwhelm infrastructure and leave
communities in disrepair if they are not well prepared. Through research on the One Water approach
to water management (too much, too little, too dirty) and several regional entities in the Midwest
Ecoregion, we suggest ways in which both regional and local planning strategies can coincide to assist
communities and regions as they adapt to a changing climate. The proposed strategies are split between
regional and local contexts as they epitomize two types of entities with different implementation
policies. The regional strategies are: “Implementing adaptation on a broad scale”, “Adapting regionally
with urban green infrastructure”, “Performing broad-scale monitoring”, and “Performing species and
community-specific assessments”. The local strategies are: “Adapting at the local level with urban
green infrastructure”, “Supporting state climatologists”, “Creating a framework for local government
planning”, and “Implementing short term solutions”.
Professional paper for the fulfillment of the Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree.
Schmeling, Alyssa; Brittain, Christopher; Weiss, Tiffany.
Regional Water Planning for Climate Resilience.
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