The second of five workshops sponsored by NOAA's Sectorial Applications Research Program, EPA, the Water Environmental Research Foundation and WaterRF took place in Gwinnett County, Georgia, on May 9 and 10. The focus of the workshop was on "Adaptation Strategies and Information Needs in Response to Extreme Events." During presentations and group discussions, participants aimed to gain a better understanding of what worked (and what didn't) in water and wastewater utilities' responses to extreme climate and weather events. Participants identified emerging approaches to adaptation planning, and discussed gaps in tools and knowledge needed to cope with the next extreme event.
The first workshop was held in the Russian River Basin in California on March 13-14. The workshop consisted of sessions focused around local decision makers from various facets of the community discussing extreme events in their locale. During and after the workshop, participants held a complimentary coping meeting with the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) to plan activities associated with developing a local drought early warning system.
While the first workshop in the Russia River Basin had representatives from the local fisheries and vineyard industry, the workshop in Gwinnett County, Georgia, included representatives from the nursery industry. Both workshops have been planned with input from NIDIS, as well as other NOAA offices and several federal agencies. Differences in approach, importance, and scale are already apparent between the two locales. Case studies and a final report will be completed late winter 2013.
The next workshop in the series will take place in the Tidewater region of Virginia associated with the Chesapeake Bay in September, followed by workshops in Austin, Texas, and in the Missouri River Basin later on in the year.
CPO Contact: Nancy Beller-Simms
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