Tackling the Climate Crisis by Enhancing Installation Resilience

The REPI Program preserves military missions by limiting or alleviating encroachment threats that could adversely affect Department of Defense (DoD) installations including incompatible development, endangered species restrictions, and habitat loss.  However, climate change and extreme weather events, ranging from severe flooding to catastrophic wildfire, are an increasingly concerning encroachment impact and threaten DoD training lands, infrastructure, and public safety.  To protect installation and range operations from predicted or unanticipated changes in environmental conditions, the REPI program is now able to fund off-base natural infrastructure projects, also known as REPI Resilience Projects, in addition to more traditional REPI projects.

Installations across the country are enhancing climate resiliency by executing prescribed burns to reduce the risk of wildfires, installing stormwater drainage basins to protect groundwater resources, and constructing living shorelines to reduce erosion.  Read more about resilience project examples in the REPI Resilience Fact Sheet.

Natural Infrastructure Solutions

The REPI Program funds natural infrastructure solutions designed to improve military installation resilience.  Natural infrastructure solutions may include, but are not limited to:

Resilience Authorities

There are several legal authorities used by installations and partners to execute REPI Resilience Projects.

10 U.S.C. § 2684a(a)(2)(B)(ii):  Authorizes DoD to enter into cost-sharing agreements with state or local governments and non-governmental organizations to create, maintain, or improve off-base natural infrastructure.

10 U.S.C. § 2679 (Intergovernmental Support Agreement):  Authorizes DoD to enter into an agreement with a state or local government to provide, receive, or share services that mitigate or remove climate vulnerabilities impacting military readiness.  

16 U.S.C. § 670 c-1 (The Sikes Act):  Authorizes DoD to enter into cooperative agreements or interagency agreements to protect natural infrastructure, high value habitat, and natural resources near installations. 

Complementary Resilience Programs

REPI Program funds can satisfy the match or cost-sharing requirement for any resilience or conservation program of any federal agency. Granted under 10 U.S.C. § 2684a(h), REPI installations and partners can leverage this authority to improve installation resilience and ensure military readiness through interagency coordination. This list is not exhaustive but demonstrates a diverse range of the resilience programs available.  

Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation (OLDCC)                                                                            (formerly the Office of Economic Adjustment)

 

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

 

 

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

 

Resilience Webinars

Marsh Forward: Manage Climate Risks While Protecting Multiple Missions - October 6, 2021

Resilience Tools & Technology - June 30, 2021

Resilience & Readiness Virtual Workshop - November 18, 2020

Engaging at the State and Local Level on Resilience: Insights for the Military from Resilience Leaders - October 29, 2020

Fort Huachuca Sentinel Landscape Partnership Water Efforts (hosted by the Western Regional Partnership) - October 15, 2020

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Enhancing Climate Resilience to Support National Defense (at LTA 's 2020 Rally) - October 6, 2020

Setting the Stage - The Evolving Role of SERPPAS in Coastal Resilience & Regional Adaptation (hosted by the Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability) - September 16, 2020

Leveraging the New REPI Installation Resiliency Authority - June 5, 2019


REPI Resilience Library

Check back here to view materials from REPI and other organizations that better explain current resilience authorities and efforts across the country.

REPI Resilience Fact Sheet
Developed by the REPI Office, the REPI Resilience Fact Sheet provides a brief overview of how the REPI program interprets the expanded 10 U.S.C. 2684a authority.  This fact sheet also provides examples of changing environmental conditions impacting DoD installations and ranges and success stories of how Naval Weapons Station Earle, Fort Huachuca, and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point are enhancing installation resilience.
Please click here to download this document. 

 

Building Resilience to Climate Change Through Off-Base Natural Infrastructure Solutions
Developed by the REPI Office, this REPI resilience primer provides information on how the REPI program can be used to implement natural infrastructure solutions to help military installations and ranges and surrounding communities adapt to climate change.  This primer includes a background on how climate change is affecting the Department of Defense, how installations and partners can develop REPI resilience projects, and examples of successful resilience projects.
Please click here to download this document. 

 

REPI and the DoD Climate Adaptation Plan
Developed by the REPI Office, the REPI and the DoD Climate Adaptation Plan fact sheet explains how the REPI program and Sentinel Landscapes Partnership will contribute to the strategic goals in the DoD Climate Adaptation Plan.  This fact sheet explains the Climate Adaptation Plan’s lines of effort and includes a REPI resilience project example.  You can find more climate adaptation examples in the Climate Adaptation Plan’s Companion Document.
Please click here to download this document. 

 

REPI and Resilience 
Developed by the Texas A&M University Natural Resources Institute, the REPI and Resilience paper introduces the expanded 10 U.S.C. 2684a authority. It explains how installations and partners can leverage this authority to address changing environmental conditions. 
Please click here to download this document. 

 

 

Resilience Authorities
The Resilience Authorities document provides an overview of the amendments to 10 U.S.C. 2684a and the Sikes Act (16 U.S.C. §670 c-1). It details natural infrastructure solutions and other actions the Services can take to maintain or improve military installation resilience.
Please click here to download this document. 

 

 

REPI Map Resilience Layers:  The REPI Interactive Map includes several resilience layers for installations and partners to use in assessing climate change vulnerabilities. Using the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Coastal Resilience Evaluation and Siting Tool, the REPI Map has “Storm Surge,” “Critical Infrastructure,” and “Critical Facilities” layers to depict changing environmental conditions. Additionally, there are multiple wildfire layers showing wildfire hazard potential as well as active and historic fires. These layers can be found on the REPI Interactive Map website here.