On Thursday, May 17th, NE CASC collaborated with UMass Amherst Extension and The Nature Conservancy to hold a workshop to bring together practitioners and decision-makers interested in climate adaptation actions that mitigate anticipated extreme flows, such as reconnecting floodplains or reducing impervious cover. The workshop, “Slow the Flow for Climate Resilience: Managing the Connecticut River Watershed in an Uncertain Future” is the first of a several in our region.
Thirty-two attendees represented organizations such as the EPA, USGS, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Weather Service, Trout Unlimited, VT Department of Conservation, MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, and Capital Region Planning Commission. Participants broke out into discussion groups for practitioners and for policy and decision-makers to dive deeper into topics such as how they measure success and barriers to implementing actions on-the-ground. Participants will be invited to continue these discussions as part of a Slow the Flow expert work group, similar to others coordinated by UMass Extension on adaptation issues that require cross-organization cooperation. The agenda and presentations can be viewed on the project page.
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Written by Communications Intern Mike Crowley