Climate Adaptation Plan for Town of Truckee
Truckee, California is no stranger to extreme weather and climate events. Each year, events such as severe winter storms, cold spells, flooding, heat, and hailstorms impact local residents and businesses. Extreme storms can impact local infrastructure, while increasing summer heat can affect peoples’ health. Natural resources, which are vital to the local economy, are also impacted by extreme events and long-term climate change. As the community responds to the immediate needs of public health and safety, we need to also keep an eye towards preparing for the future.
The Geos Institute is working with the Town of Truckee to develop a climate change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan for the community. Following the highly collaborative Whole Community planning framework, the Geos Institute will hold a series of stakeholder and community workshops and events that will provide ample opportunity for community members to help shape climate change solutions. The resulting climate change adaptation plan for Truckee will be focus on protecting diverse populations, natural resources, local culture, the economy, and infrastructure from climate impacts.
Success of this project depends on having a highly diverse and knowledgeable committee to ensure it reflects local values and diverse populations. The taskforce includes community representatives from a variety of different sectors of the community, including health, natural resources, cultural resources, water, energy, disadvantaged populations, infrastructure, transportation, and others. Taskforce meetings are the first Tuesday of each month, from 2:00-3:30pm.
Workshop #1: Exploring Vulnerabilities
The stakeholder workshop was held on Tuesday June 25, 2019.
Workshop #2: Developing Strategies
On November 6, stakeholders met for a day of strategy design. Using information from the Exploring Vulnerabilities workshops and other information collected from local experts and leaders, participants developed effective cross-sector solutions that help prepare Truckee for the impacts of climate change. The outcomes from this workshop will feed directly into the Climate Adapotation Plan currently under development.
Organizations represented at the workshops included:
- Aegis Insurance, CATT
- Liberty Utilities
- Placer and Nevada Counties Health and Human Services
- Sierra Seniors Services
- Sierra Watershed Education Partnership
- Southwest Gas
- Tahoe SAFE Alliance
- Town of Truckee
- Truckee Downtown Merchants Association
- Truckee Family Resource Center
- Truckee Fire
- Truckee Police
- Truckee River Watershed Council
- US Forest Service
- Vail Resorts
Community Workshop #1:
Climate Ready Truckee
This event was a follow up to the stakeholder workshop held on June 25th. All community members were invited to attend and provide information about climate change impacts in the Truckee region. Read a summary of both workshops here.
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Community Workshop #2: Community Solutions
On Thursday November 7, 5:30-7:30PM members of our community met at the Community Rec Center to discuss strategies the Town of Truckee can use to adapt to climate change impacts and ways Truckee can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
The official kickoff for this project was held on March 15, 2019. The Geos Institute provided an overview of Whole Community Adaptation and the engagement process designed specifically for Truckee. Coordination between the Truckee 2040 planning effort and climate adaptation planning was also discussed. An advisory team representative of the full range of diverse populations in Truckee is being formed to guide this project.
Project Task Force Members
- Gary Arnold (Caltrans)
- Paul Bancroft (Sierra Community House)
- Anna Klovstad (Councilmember/GPAC)
- Jason Ko (USFS)
- Ted Owens (TFHS)
- Steven Poncelet (TDPUD)
- Lynn Saunders (Chamber)
- Bill Seline (Truckee Fire)
- Lisa Wallace (TRWC)
- Robert Womack (Truckee Police/Emergency Services)
- Jaime Wright (TNT/TMA)
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