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Monarch Conservation in America’s Cities: A Solutions Guide for Municipal Leaders

National Wildlife Federation's Monarch Conservation in America's Cities: A Solutions Guide for Municipal Leaders is for mayors, local government chief executives, municipal staff and others that want to take action to help save the declining monarch butterfly in their community. This guide provides case studies and shares innovative best practices that can be replicated by municipalities across the nation. It includes model language for proclamations, ordinances and other best practices. By learning from one another and understanding what has worked (and what hasn’t) cities can more effectively and more quickly take action and make a difference for the monarch. If your municipality has a model monarch butterfly conservation program or initiative, please contact NWF at mayorsmonarchpledge@nwf.org. For local government executives interested in pledging their commitment to monarch butterfly conservation, check out and sign NWF's Mayors' Monarch Pledge.

Root River Environmental Education Center: Racine, Wisconsin

The City of Racine, Wisconsin's Root River Environmental Education Community Center serves the community as a center for information about the natural world. The Center also provides and experiential connection between citizens and the Great Lakes.

City of Evanston – 2014 Sustainable Municipal Water Management Public Evaluation Report

The City of Evanston, Illinois evaluated its municipal water management through the Cities Initiative's Sustainable Municipal Water Management framework and published this report in September 2014.

Carling, Ontario: Mapping Water Levels

The Township of Carling is working with several government and non-government organizations to map shoreline water levels. The township will be able to use this data to run scenarios to predict the impact of climate change and changing water levels on its residents and businesses. In addition, the Township is modifying its Georgian Bay access point infrastructure to be able to fluctuate with changing water levels.

Ajax, Ontario: Rain Gardens

The City of Ajax designed and installed three Rain Gardens near Lake Ontario to improve surface water runoff infiltration. The City also implemented two “bio-swales” that will also improve surface water infiltration but are specifically designed to improve beach quality and swimmability.

Collingwood, Ontario: Climate Adaptation Measures

The Town of Collingwood, Ontario, has implemented several programs to further their climate adaptation efforts. These include the Quench Buggy, which aims to promote Collingwood’s tap water and reduce plastic water bottles used at local events; their Water and Energy Conservation Strategy; a
Wastewater Plant Cogeneration Retrofit, which will generate electricity for the plant, using what was previously a waste by-product; and an Energy Audit, the recommendations of which are being developed into a Conservation & Demand Management (CDM) plan.

Quench Buggy News Release

Wastewater Treatment Cogeneration Study

 

Sarnia, Ontario: Climate Change Adaptation Measures

The City of Sarnia, Ontario has implemented or plans to implement many climate adaptation measures. The City is working in the areas of Parks and Recreation, Transit, Engineering & Public Works, Emergency Management, Land Use Planning, Facilities Planning, and Finance & Legal to implement climate adaptation strategies.

Sarnia Summary of Adaptation Measures

Mississauga: Climate Change Adaptation Plans

“The City of Mississauga is a partner in the Peel Climate Change Strategy that has a number of climate change mitigation and adaptation action (http://www.peelregion.ca/planning/climatechange/reports/index.htm).
The City is also involved in a number projects and initiatives aimed at increasing local resiliency
Including:
– A vulnerability assessment of the Port Credit Community in Mississauga (led by the Region of Peel)
– A Stormwater Financing study to examine how to fund stormwater projects and infrastructure
– Conducted Low Impact Development Pilot Project along Elm Street
As part of the work completed by the Region of Peel, the City will receive 100 year future climate
projections for Peel later this year. The City will be using that data to determine and prioritise new
adaptation actions”

Our Future Mississauga: Green

Niagara Region, Ontario: Climate Change Adaptation

Niagara Region is adapting to climate change through their Water Strategy, their Community Climate Change Action Plan, their Community Plan, and their Corporate Plan. In their Water Strategy, they highlight the goal of “Water Resiliency,” which “focuses on enhancing our understanding and ability to adapt to changes to our climate, economy and population that may impact water resources.”

Corporate Climate Action Plan

Adapting to Climate Change: Challenges for Niagara

Township of the Archipelago, Ontario: Adapting to Changing Water Levels

The Township of the Archipelago has addressed Climate Change Adaptation through capital improvement measures related to changing water levels, such as modifications to docks, wharfs, channels, and access points.