Press Release

Municipal officials, first responders, public works leaders invited to climate vulnerability presentation

MACHIAS, Maine — Washington County Council of Governments will focus on Climate Vulnerability Assessment at its next Executive Committee meeting, from 3 to 5 p.m. on July 31, at the Portside Lounge, University of Maine at Machias.

Featured speaker is Vermont Commissioner of Commerce and Community Development Noelle MacKay, who will share her experience with the aftermath and continuing response to impacts of Hurricane Irene in Vermont.

“Climate Vulnerability Assessment is not just a coastal priority,” says Judy East, executive director of Washington County Council of Governments in a press release. “We are modeling coastal flood surge scenarios, however as when Hurricane Irene struck in Vermont, Washington County needs to prepare for extreme precipitation events associated with intense fall and winter storms. Washington County towns can learn a great deal from Vermont’s experience.”

 Attendees will see results of Geographic Information System (GIS) models that depict 3-D imagery of various flooding scenarios. Machias and Milbridge will be highlighted on July 31; going forward Climate Vulnerability Assessments will be prepared for all Washington County coastal towns. University of Maine GIS Service Center Director Tora Johnson will present new GIS data analyses and recommend preparation and response strategies for Washington County towns.

 Light refreshments will be provided.

 Washington County Council of Governments is a municipal membership organization that delivers a wide range of customized planning, advisory and resource development services to help communities build the future of Washington County, Maine.


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