Rockland: Residents Provide Feedback on Climate Change Plan

The Town of Rockland is working with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, (MAPC) to come up with a plan to address climate change.

Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Scott Duffey says the impacts are clear in Rockland.

“Over the past 10-15 years we’re seeing that 100 and 500-year storm come through every other year. We’re seeing flooding, we’re seeing trees down, we’re seeing loss of electricity for multiple days,” said Duffey. “We’re responding to different groups and different demographics throughout the town.”

The town received a Vulnerability Preparedness Planning Grant for $28,000 from the State Executive Office of Environmental Affairs to come up with a plan for the future.

Department heads, residents, and business owners all met to provide feedback on strengths and areas of concern in town.

“It’s brought a lot of people together to look at Rockland in a matter than we have not looked at before. Where is climate change taking us? How do we need to prepare for that?,” said Duffey. “We’ve had such a diverse group. I’ve learned more about the town in these two sessions than I had my whole life living here.”

Anne Herbst, the Senior Environmental Planner with the MAPC, said they got well-rounded feedback.

“The town did a really great job doing outreach,” said Herbst. “I think we have heard from many segments from the community, and that’s what makes a strong plan.”

A report with priorities will be put together by the MAPC, making the town eligible for federal and state grants.

“The town is also working on it’s hazard mitigation plan, which is also at the last step of competition which means they’ll also have another funding source, which is FEMA mitigation grants,” said Herbst. “The town is really doing a great job lining up to be able to get resources to address real problems.”

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