Peninsula group gets $150,000 grant from state for climate change planning

Peninsula Daily News

The North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council will receive $150,000 from the state Department of Ecology for climate change planning in Clallam and Jefferson counties.

The group will conduct a detailed assessment of climate-related vulnerabilities and develop a climate adaptation plan for the North Olympic Peninsula, Ecology said.

The idea is to reduce risks from climate change “by improving the resiliency of the local ecosystems in watersheds of Jefferson and Clallam County,” Ecology said.

“The process will engage stakeholders and planning agencies in generating data, priorities and strategies that will inform the creation of the adaptation plan.

“The plan will inform the comprehensive and strategic planning processes of the cities, counties, tribes, public utility districts and ports.”

The grant announced last week is among nearly $4 million in grants to 18 projects.

The funding is part of the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program.

Also given grants were Island County, Shoreline, Snoqualmie tribe, Tacoma, Thurston County, Tukwila, Friday Harbor, King County Department of Transportation, Redmond, Whidbey Island Conservation District, Kitsap County Public Works, Mason Conservation District, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, Nisqually Land Trust, Snohomish Conservation District, Snohomish County and the Squaxin Island tribe.

The nonprofit North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council meets monthly at John Wayne Marina in Sequim.

For more information, visit www.noprcd.org/content.

Last modified: May 18. 2014 7:07PM
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