We have organized this evening briefing for Milford elected and appointed leaders about climate-related threats to the Milford community, and to share ideas about concrete actions that can be taken to reduce these risks.
-The Town of Milford is on the front lines when it comes to dealing with climate change.
-From flooding in Godfrey, Hospital and O'Brien Brooks and the Charles River to drought to heat waves and extreme storms, climate change is bringing significant weather-related challenges to Milford.
-According to the National Climate Assessment, these impacts will only grow over time.
Local decisions made about land use, development and stormwater management can alleviate or compound these climate impacts.
-Milford is to be commended for taking action such as the Green Infrastructure improvements in Town Park, but there is so much more that can be done.
-Federal stimulus and recovery funds are coming for resilience projects, and the Baker Administration is offering Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) and Action Grants to help communities invest in climate resilience – we want to ensure municipal leaders have the data you need to apply this and other funding most effectively.
CRWA has a long history helping our watershed communities make decisions to protect and restore the Charles River by investing in nature-based solutions; these tools will also build community resilience to climate change. Community leaders in the Charles River watershed will be invited to continue a watershed-focused resilience conversation beyond this initial informational session.