Slow the Flow for Coastal Climate Resilience

Monday, December 3, 2018

    On October 10th, NE CASC collaborated with partners from UMass Amherst Extension and UMass Amherst Gloucester Marine Station, Woods Hole Research Center, and University of Wisconsin-Madison, to hold a second workshop bringing together practitioners and decision-makers interested in evidence-based, climate adapted management actions that account for anticipated extreme flows and droughts and manage nutrients carried from the land, down tributaries, and to receiving water bodies.

   The workshop, “Slow the Flow for Coastal Climate Resilience,” uniquely covered two geographies, the Great Lakes and Coastal New England, and was thus simultaneously held in two locations, Lansing and Boston, via live-streamed videoconference. Sixty attendees represented state, federal, nonprofit, university stakeholders.

The workshop goals were to:

  • Identify needed next steps in management of land use, in-stream structures, and receiving waters to reduce the detrimental impacts of watershed nutrient loading as our regional climate changes
  • Compare approaches to science and management in both the Great Lakes and New England to foster exchange of ideas and experiences
  • Catalyze innovation in each region

Participants broke out into discussion groups to dive deeper into topics such as information gaps and additional data needs, examples of successes, and barriers to implementing management actions. Participants will be invited to continue these discussions and form new collaborations, including participation in a Slow the Flow expert work group, similar to others coordinated by UMass Extension on adaptation issues that require cross-organization cooperation.

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