January 21, 2022 Storm Damage Demonstrates our Vulnerability By Gregory T. Federspiel
The Martin Luther King Day storm was relatively short lived and not too disruptive to our daily lives, but it brought high winds and a storm surge that provided a clear demonstration of how vulnerable we are to storms. While the surge was less then 2 feet, it coincided with a high tide that sent waves crashing into some of our more vulnerable parts of town.
January 18, 2022 New Climate Resiliency Efforts Underway By Gregory T. Federspiel
New efforts are getting underway to help us better understand some of the impacts we can expect changes in our climate will bring and to help us prioritize actions to take to make us more resilient to the changes that are occurring. One of the efforts, which I wrote about last week, is the new Water Resources Protection Task Force that has as part of it charge assessing climate change impacts to our drinking water supply. Three important regional initiatives are underway as well.
January 9, 2022 Water Resources Protection Task Force By Gregory T. Federspiel
The re-establishment of a water resources protection group is getting underway. Following suggestions from residents and with the leadership help of Steve Gang, Chairman of the Conservation Commission, the Selectmen have approved the creation of a new task force as a sub-committee of the Conservation Commission. A water resources protection committee was created back in 1989 when voters approved the creation of the committee and funded a comprehensive report on the Town’s water resources (the Horsley Witten Report of 1990.) Many of the recommendations of this report were carried out in the 1990’s after which the committee became inactive.