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Preparing for Climate Change in Groton, Connecticut: A Model Process for Communities in the Northeast

Created: 3/31/2011 - Updated: 3/12/2019


A series of coastal climate change adaptation workshops were held in Groton, Connecticut throughout 2010. The workshops were designed to convene federal, state, and local government, as well as academic, non-profit, and community partners to develop a model for coastal community adaptation planning in a “home rule” state. In addition to fostering vertical collaboration between levels of government, the process allowed horizontal coordination within each level that resulted in innovative collaborations. The key stakeholders involved, the commitment from supporting and sponsoring agencies, and the cutting-edge science and economic modeling presented all worked to make the process successful. While a 500-year storm event that occurred on March 30, 2010 almost cancelled the second workshop, the washed out and flooded roads and bridges illustrated that 1) climate impacts are already costing multiple levels of government large amounts of money; 2) locals already know much of how and where they are vulnerable; and 3) there is a need to work towards solutions immediately to avoid additional unnecessary costs and risk. While Groton and state and federal government agencies are continuing the adaptation processes that were initiated during these workshops, it will take additional and continued stakeholder involvement and support for coordinated and successful adaptation to occur. This report speaks to other lessons learned and contains insight and resources so other communities (especially coastal communities) can begin or continue their adaptation planning process.

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Friday, April 1, 2011


Community / Local
Sector Addressed: 
Land Use Planning
Water Resources
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Host adaptation training or planning workshop
Develop / implement adaptive management strategies
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Related Resources

Coastal Adaptation Plan for the Town of Groton, Connecticut

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Case Study
Sector Addressed: 
Conservation / Restoration

The Long Island Sound Study (LISS) received a Partner Start-up Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Ready Estuaries Program to develop an adaptation plan for the Town of Groton, Connecticut.