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Rob Moore, Senior Policy Analyst, Chicago

Rob Moore

I’ve spent my entire career in environmental advocacy, primarily focused on policy making in the states of Illinois, Vermont, and New York. Now at NRDC I’m part of a team who are identifying and addressing the water-related impacts that result from our rapidly warming climate.

My interest in environmental issues began while serving in the Illinois National Guard. In the summer of 1993 my unit was activated to respond to a 500-year flood on the Mississippi River. Since then the Mississippi has seen a number of major floods, as well as water levels so low in 2012 that barge traffic was halted. Major disturbances like these and the frequency with which they occur are hallmarks of our rapidly changing climate.

Now at NRDC I’m part of team that’s highlighting the need to make our nation’s water resources, and the communities that depend upon them, more resilient and sustainable in the face of climate change.

Recent Posts

Funding Controversy is Water Under the Tappan Zee Bridge

Posted May 12, 2015 by Rob Moore

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After months of effort, the State of New York finally gave up on its attempts to divert over $500 million from the state's Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) to help finance the replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge over...continued

Chicago Floods of 2013 Highlight Need for Green Infrastructure

Posted May 8, 2015 by Rob Moore

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Two years ago this Sunday, the Chicago region was declared a federal disaster area due to widespread flooding that paralyzed the region and large swaths of northeastern Illinois. The flooding resulted from storms of such intensity that thousands of homes...continued

New Federal Flood Protection Standards Will Prepare Nation for Climate Change

Posted May 6, 2015 by Rob Moore

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Three months ago the President signed an executive order that updated flood protection standards that federal agencies use when deciding where to build, how to build, and what projects should receive federal funding. The executive order established an improved margin...continued

NRDC's Climate Smart Flood Insurance Reforms

Posted March 31, 2015 by Rob Moore

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Flooding is on the rise, if you'll excuse the pun. And floods will become more likely and more costly as the climate continues to warm. My NRDC colleague, Becky Hayat, and I co-authored a new paper (NRDC ELR Paper_FINAL.pdf) that...continued

Flood Protection is Topic of Conversation in Virginia and California

Posted March 10, 2015 by Rob Moore

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On Wednesday, March 11 two of my NRDC colleagues, Joel Scata and Ben Chou, will be attending listening sessions on the updated federal flood protection standards that President Obama wisely put in place with his January 30th executive order. With...continued

First Public Meeting on Federal Flood Standard

Posted March 2, 2015 by Rob Moore

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On Tuesday my NRDC colleague Joel Scata will be travelling to Ames, Iowa for a public meeting on new flood protection standards that are being implemented for all federal government agencies. The new standards were set forth in an executive...continued

Responding to Criticisms of Federal Flood Protection Standards

Posted February 6, 2015 by Rob Moore

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President Obama signed an executive order that updated the nation’s flood protection standards on January 30. The standards will guide the decisions that federal agencies make when designing, building, or funding public infrastructure and other projects. The previous standard required...continued

President Raises Flood Protection Standards

Posted February 4, 2015 by Rob Moore

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The White House took a major step to address the growing risks of flooding. On January 30, the White House issued an executive order that significantly improves the flood risk standards that federal agencies will use when designing, building, or...continued

President's Climate Preparedness Task Force Releases Recommendations

Posted November 17, 2014 by Rob Moore

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A comprehensive set of recommendations on how the nation can better prepared itself for the impacts of climate change and improve resiliency was released today by a Task Force of state, local, and tribal leaders the President assembled one year...continued

812 Million Ways Louisiana Could Have Made Itself More Resilient

Posted October 2, 2014 by Rob Moore

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  A report released last week has revealed that the State of Louisiana has failed to make use of $812 million in disaster mitigation money it was given to make its communities more resilient and better prepared for floods, storms,...continued

What happens when art and environment meet in a dark alley?

Posted September 25, 2014 by Rob Moore

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Last week Chicago was home to an art installation called FLOW/Im Fluss that created a dramatic intersection between our rivers, the data that helps us understand these dynamic systems, and how we can visualize that data in a way that’s...continued

Toledo and Toxic Water - the Intersection of Climate Change and Water Quality

Posted August 4, 2014 by Rob Moore

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Toledo, Ohio shut off drinking water service to 500,000 people because of the presence of microcystin, a powerful neurotoxin excreted by blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria. Once again cyanobacteria have taken over much of Western Lake Erie, the source...continued

Climate Change is Risky For Business

Posted June 24, 2014 by Rob Moore

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Risky Business, an organization founded by Tom Steyer, Hank Paulson, and Michael Bloomberg, three giants of the business world, released a report detailing the extraordinary risks that climate change poses to the nation’s economy and to the future business climate...continued

What the Farmers Insurance Suit Tell Us About Climate Change

Posted May 19, 2014 by Rob Moore

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A lawsuit filed in Illinois by Farmers Insurance claims that the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD), the City of Chicago, and 101 other municipalities and county offices has gotten attention recently from the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, Marketplace ,...continued

IlIinois Moves to Make Water Infrastructure More Resilient to Climate Impacts

Posted May 9, 2014 by Rob Moore

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Governor Quinn  of Illinois will soon receive a bill for his signature that will increase the amount of state support for green infrastructure, water efficiency, and other projects that make communities’ water infrastructure better prepared for the future impacts of...continued


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