What can California and the Bay Area in particular learn about adapting to sea level rise from the experiences of cities and coastal areas in the East and South? This paper draws lessons from attempts to deal with SLR and coastal flooding at several US locations: Boston, New York and Norfolk as well as communities on the coasts of Florida and Louisiana.
Local governments with more fiscal and administrative resources are at an advantage for obtaining numerous intergovernmental grants. Although many studies have examined the impact of this local capacity bias on grant getting, there has been minimal research on how grant programs could reduce it. We evaluate the effectiveness of two actions that federal and state grant programs have taken to decrease local capacity bias for economically disadvantaged communities, providing matching fund waivers and preferential scoring.
Student presentations on sea level rise adaptation strategies around the United States, and how they might inform policy decisions on the Pacific Coast. These were produced for the Fall 2018 course, "Environmental Governance and Climate Resilience," taught by Professors Bruce E. Cain and Len Ortolano. They were presented to a public workshop on Dec. 10, 2018.
Regional collaboration has become a popular means to manage shared resources and address cross‐jurisdictional boundary issues. The question of who participates in the process, who directly affects decisions, and who benefits from those decisions is critical for understanding the broader value created by regional collaborations. We apply a variety of text mining techniques to meeting minutes to measure how stakeholder participation evolved over nine years of an Integrated Regional Water Management collaboration.
To gauge statewide public opinion before the midterm elections, The Bill Lane Center for the American West polled adult Californians in the days preceding the June 5 primary. Assessment of the data by Professor Bruce Cain and senior researcher Iris Hui asserted the importance of female and independent voters in the upcoming election season.
A paper based on ideas participants discussed at the conference “Planning for America’s Water Infrastructure Needs,” namely the five challenges that all water managers face and three particular water infrastructure issues: the opportunities afforded by considering water systems as “loops,” the importance of resiliency in response to climate change, and the reforms in federal, state, and private funding mechanisms that can facilitate water infrastructure financing.
How the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Peoples presents a path for Native American communities to have greater control over their sovereignty.
This paper presents a “policy-informed” life cycle assessment of a cross-border electricity supply chain that links the impact of each unit process to its governing policy framework. An assessment method is developed and applied to the California–Mexico energy exchange as a unique case study.
Both parties agree that the country has serious infrastructure needs—but even with a new proposal on the table, we may end up with next to nothing, writes Bruce Cain.