Making Climate Resilient Communities in the Huron River Watershed

Date & Time: 
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 8:30am to 12:30pm
University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor

The Huron River Watershed Council is bringing together scientists and decision makers in the Huron River watershed for the purpose of assessing and reducing risks related to climate change. The kickoff plenary will frame the issue and provide background information (e.g., Why does adapting to climate change matter? What are the projected impacts of climate change at the Great Lakes and watershed level?), and explain the project goals. Climate scientists from GLISA will present a summary of potential impacts of climate changes in the watershed.


At the meeting, you will have the opportunity to join a peer group that will convene monthly from January to June 2012 to do the following:

·         Establish a vision for a climate-resilient community which you will use to inform your process of setting preparedness goals in your priority planning areas (sectors); and

·         Develop, select and prioritize preparedness actions and write a preparedness plan to meet the goals you have set.


A “climate-resilient community” reduces its vulnerabilities and risks associated

with projected climate change impacts.

Who should be involved?

Professionals involved with

·         Water Infrastructure – water utilities, wastewater treatment facilities, stormwater management

·         Stream Flow Regime – dam operators, fisheries biologists, hydrologists

·         Natural Infrastructure – land managers involved with land preservation, wetland restoration, and floodplains management


How does the project benefit you and your community?

·         Increase your technical capacity to prepare for climate change impacts

·         Receive the most up-to-date projections of how climate trends will impact the watershed

·         Learn from regional and national leaders on water and climate

·         Explore your community’s capabilities to address climate change

·         Learn best practices for addressing climate change impacts particular to your sector