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17 Vt. J. Envtl. L. 160 (2015-2016)
Local Flood Resiliency in an Era of Global Climate Change: Understanding the Multi-Sectoral Policy Dimensions

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     LOCAL FLOOD RESILIENCY IN AN ERA OF GLOBAL
     CLIMATE CHANGE: UNDERSTANDING THE MULTI-
               SECTORAL POLICY DIMENSIONS



               Jacob  Park and  Christopher  Brooks'


Introduction...............          .....................  .....160
I. Conceptualizing Resiliency & Water Security in an Era of Global
    Climate Change         ..............................    ....... 161
    A.  Resiliency        .......................................... 162
    B.  Water Security        .............................  ..... 163
II. Understanding U.S. Flood Policy: From Control to Management......165
     A. Engineering to Control Floods.............................. 165
     B. Evolving Flood Policy Approach: From Control to Management
        ......................                               ....... 167
III. Toward a New Policy Strategy of Flood Resiliency: Vermont Case
    Study............................................ 170
    A.  Flood Resiliency in the Context of Vermont .......  ........ 171
IV. Toward  a New Model of Flood Resiliency 2.0: Meeting the Local and
    Global Challenges of Environmental Governance ................... 174

                           INTRODUCTION

    In April 2014, Farmers Insurance Company sued the city of Chicago
arguing that city officials failed to prevent flooding related to climate change.
The insurance company filed nine class-action lawsuits alleging that dozens
of Chicago-area municipalities are responsible for the damage caused by a
two-day downpour  in April 2013. The company argued that local officials
were aware that climate change caused heavier rainfalls, but failed to prevent
sewage backups in more than 600 homes by draining water from the region's
system of tunnels and retention basins before the storm. Farmers Insurance
Company  asked the city of Chicago to reimburse the company for the claims


      1.   Jacob Park is Associate Professor of Business Strategy and  Sustainability, and
Christopher Brooks is Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Management and Director of the Pre-Law
Program at Green Mountain College.

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