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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

Climate fiction provides a window into our future -- and ourselves

Posted February 1, 2016 by Rob Moore

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This is a guest post written by Rachel MickelsonNRDC Program Assistant The drive home after watching Mad Max: Fury Road was terrifying. Accelerating onto the highway with a kind of reckless abandon that only a two-hour, post-apocalyptic car-chase could...continued

Climate change literature that made waves in 2015

Posted January 11, 2016 by Rob Moore

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I decided to try my hand at a "Best of 2015" reading list. I read a wide variety of materials for work and pleasure on the topic of climate change impacts ranging from academic literature to policy proposals to graphic...continued

Bizarro Floods on Mississippi River, Part 2

Posted January 4, 2016 by Rob Moore

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The floods that have inundated parts of Illinois and Missouri are highly unusual, both in terms of their timing and their size and extent. But they may not be so unusual in the future, due in part to climate change,...continued

Bizarro Floods on Mississippi River

Posted January 4, 2016 by Rob Moore

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Record floods have been occurring throughout Illinois and Missouri over the holidays. Floods are never something to be taken lightly, but flooding combined with winter conditions makes for a deadly combination. More than 20 people have lost their lives in...continued

Lake Erie's Toxic Algae Breaks Records in 2015

Posted November 13, 2015 by Rob Moore

The toxic algae bloom on Lake Erie was the most severe this century. That news was delivered by the scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) who make it their business to know about water quality on Lake...continued

South Carolina floods a wake-up call for the future

Posted October 8, 2015 by Rob Moore

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While Hurricane Joaquin didn't make landfall in the United States, it contributed to the massive flooding that South Carolina is now enduring. The toll in terms of loss of life and damages continues to climb. It will be some time...continued

Hurricane Joaquin highlights the need to deal with rising risk of flooding, sea level rise and climate change

Posted October 2, 2015 by Rob Moore

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Hurricane Joaquin is moving north and continues to batter the Bahamas. We may get lucky and it won't make landfall in the U.S. but Joaquin is still going to cause widespread flooding by dumping huge amounts of rain and pushing...continued

NRDC lights up Art Expo Chicago using water

Posted September 22, 2015 by Rob Moore

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NRDC Lights Up Art Expo Chicago Using Water NRDC's recently marked its fourth year at Art Expo Chicago, one of the foremost arts expositions in the world. Even among this elite arts crowd, NRDC stands out thanks to the engaging...continued

New Standards - Not Congressional Meddling - Are Needed to Address Rising Risk of Floods

Posted July 9, 2015 by Rob Moore

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FEMA flood maps and estimates of flood levels determined by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps of Engineers) severely underestimate the true risk of flooding on Midwestern rivers, according to a new study by Washington University in St. Louis...continued

Climate Change and Extreme Rainfall

Posted June 12, 2015 by Rob Moore

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Last week Climate Central launched "When It Rains It Pours", a new web-based tool that shows the number of extreme precipitation events that have occurred each decade going back to before the 1950s. The results clearly show how the number...continued

Congress Should Not Block Federal Flood Protection Standard

Posted June 4, 2015 by Rob Moore

Flood damages are increasing throughout the United States. Rising sea levels and changing precipitation patterns due to climate change are part of the reason. Another reason is we continue to build in areas that are vulnerable to flooding, a costly...continued

2015 Hurricane Season Begins

Posted May 30, 2015 by Rob Moore

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June 1st marks the official beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season in the U.S. This year is predicted to be a relatively calm season, with the expected number of named storms, hurricanes, and major hurricanes predicted to be below the...continued

Flood Insurance in Texas and Oklahoma

Posted May 29, 2015 by Rob Moore

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The floods that have been affecting large parts of Texas and Oklahoma are bringing several questions to the forefront about the National Flood Insurance Program and participation in those states. This information also illustrates some of the challenges the program...continued

Texas Floods Illustrate the Need to Plan for Climate Change

Posted May 28, 2015 by Rob Moore

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Over the Memorial Day weekend widespread flooding occurred in at least eight counties in Texas, which include the cities of Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston. These floods have brought a tragic loss of life and are forcing families from...continued

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


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