Workshops focus on Twin Ports climateIt has been nearly one year since the Twin Ports area experienced record-breaking rainfall and subsequent flooding which severely damaged roads, homes, businesses and many of the 43 streams that flow into the St. Louis River and Lake Superior.
It has been nearly one year since the Twin Ports area experienced record-breaking rainfall and subsequent flooding which severely damaged roads, homes, businesses and many of the 43 streams that flow into the St. Louis River and Lake Superior.
To mark the first anniversary, St. Louis River Alliance and the W.J. McCabe Chapter of the Izaak Walton League sponsor two free public workshops, “A Flood of Options: Adapting to a Changing Climate.”
These free workshops are scheduled for 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the EPA’s Mid-Continent Ecology Division (Water Lab) located at 6201 Congdon Blvd.; and 1-3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lincoln Park Middle School, Lincoln Park Middle School Drive, off West Third Street at 32nd Avenue West. Both workshops will have the same agenda so participants can choose the one that best fits their schedule. The workshops will give an overview of recent changes to local and regional climate, impacts upon local waterways, and ideas on how residents can help protect area streams and the St Louis River during extreme weather events.
Featured speakers are Mark Seeley, extension climatologist with the Department of Soil Water and Climate, at the University of Minnesota as well as Minnesota Public Radio’s Weather Talk & Updraft and Chris Kleist, program coordinator, responsible for city of Duluth’s compliance with stormwater regulations as well as coordination of the city’s stream restoration activities.
“While the exact implications of future climate change may remain uncertain, we have seen already documented changes in our average temperatures and percipitation patterns,” said Julene Boe, executive director of the St Louis River Alliance. “Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent ... throughout the United States as well as other parts of the world.” At these workshops, speakers will show at examples of how extreme weather events have impacted area streams and share information with the public on the type of changes that they can make in their own back yard to reduce these impacts. Attendees will also learn more about how their actions and practices can also have a huge effect upon area streams and the St. Louis River.
Interested participants will have an opportunity to sign up for follow up workshops that will assist interested residents in taking future actions towards climate change adaptation in their community. In addition, the Regional Stormwater Protection Team will display and materials to share.
Interested persons are asked but not required to register so organizers have an estimate of how many people may be attending. Call 218-733-9520, email email@example.com.