The Saint Johns River drainage basin has experienced significant change over the past century as the basin was altered to make way for agricultural, residential, industrial, and commercial centers. In addition to population growth (seven million people are predicted to live in the basin by 2020; a doubling of 2008 numbers), the basin is expected to experience substantial impacts over coming decades brought on by climate change.
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Missoula County is host to a diversity of people, local industries, intact ecosystems, and dramatic scenery. Its rivers and forests provide abundant opportunity for outdoor activities, while the university and downtown Missoula provide culture and entertainment. When people are asked why they live in Missoula County, they often refer to the high quality of life.
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Fresno County’s vibrant agricultural economy, scenic slopes of the southern Sierra Nevada range, and dramatic rivers beginning at the highest elevations and extending across the valley floor make the Fresno region a special place. Many future changes are expected, however, and many challenges already affect the quality of life in Fresno County and the surrounding region.
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Climate change is a global phenomenon that has the potential for severe local impacts to agriculture, human health, natural resources, infrastructure, emergency response needs, tourism, and many other facets of society. Climate change impacts are expected to exacerbate the vulnerability of certain populations and sectors of society. By identifying and addressing underlying vulnerabilities early, decision makers in San Luis Obispo can increase the resilience of both the community and the resources it depends on to climate change.
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