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CHARLES RIVER WATERSHED ASSOCIATION

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Mission

Bring together communities in the Charles River watershed to work on climate adaptation by sharing information and experiences and taking a watershed view of adaptation strategies.

 

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Description

Many cities and towns are taking proactive leadership roles in adapting to climate change. Even though many cities and towns are allocating resources to climate adaptation, the reality is there are challenges that individual towns cannot address on their own and are more appropriately addressed at a regional scale. Additionally, communities cannot act in a vacuum as the actions of one community will have impacts on neighboring or downstream communities.

The Charles River Climate Compact is:

  • A convening of watershed communities to discussed shared challenges and regional challenges to climate adaptation
  • A convening of watershed communities to discussed solutions to both shared and regional challenges to climate adaptation
  • A convening of watershed communities to investigate watershed scale flooding issues
  • A convening of watershed communities to raise issues together, as needed
  • Access to technical expertise from CRWA, and our network of environmental partners as needed, to address challenges in the following categories: flooding, stormwater, water quality and quantity, environmental justice, dam removal, wetlands protections, land use, and accessing funding

Upcoming Trainings

Please join our informational webinar on Tuesday, June 4 at 1:00 pm to learn more and ask questions. To register, please email Nishaila Porter with the subject line "Climate Compact Webinar."

Eligibility 

All communities that are fully or partially within the Charles River watershed are invited to join! Entering the compact just requires a commitment to working on climate adaptation at a regional scale. To demonstrate a commitment to climate adaptation we ask that communities meet two or more of the requirements listed below to be eligible members.

Not sure if you're in the Charles River watershed? Find out here.

Membership Requirements

Member communities will be expected to do the following:

  • Designate a point person within the community as the Climate Compact representative
  • Attend two meetings a year
  • After year 1, join and participate in a subcommittee
  • Participation in Google group discussions
  • Maintain eligibility (per requirement list on page 2)

Membership benefits:

  • Networking and information sharing with neighboring communities
  • Forum for taking on regional climate adaptation challenges (example: joining with multiple communities and CRWA to push for answers from a state agency or investigate a dam removal opportunity)
  • Access to technical expertise from CRWA and our network, CRWA will specifically be asking members to input on what technical and/or policy resources they need and will work to find or create those
  • Participation in watershed scale flood planning

Membership Requirements (Communities must meet two or more of the listed requirements):

  1. Be a designated MVP community or in the MVP planning process.
  2. Have a current hazard mitigation plan that deals with the expected impacts from climate change.
  3. Have a demonstrated commitment to water conservation.
  4. Have a demonstrated commitment to green infrastructure.
  5. Member of (informal) Charles River Stormwater Collaborative.
  6. Member of Mass ECAN, Metro Mayors adaptation task force, or other similar climate adaptation association

Cost: Free!

About Climate Change Adaptation

Project Manager

Julie Dyer Wood - Climate Change Adaptation
Julie Dyer Wood
Director of Projects
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