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. 

Resilience Webinars and Events

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