Register for one of four climate conversations to join a statewide conversation on climate change impacts – such as extreme heat and flooding – affecting you, your families, and your community. The MA Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs is hosting these conversations to inform the 2022 Massachusetts Climate Change Assessment. Your feedback will be used to inform how the state prioritizes actions to address these challenges as part of the upcoming 2022 State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan (for more information and to view the 2018 Plan, visit: https://resilientma.org/home.html)
The 4 upcoming conversation sessions are scheduled for
- 3/1/22 – 11:30 a.m.
- 3/3/22 – 1:00 p.m.
- 3/8/22 – 11:30 a.m.
- 3/9/22 – 6:00 p.m.
Register for any of the four choices at: https://bit.ly/3JmIu2S
Due to five months of below-normal rainfall, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides declared a Level 3 – Critical Drought in the Southeast Region of the Commonwealth and in the Millers and Charles River watersheds. The other six regions across the state — the Western, Connecticut River Valley, Central, Northeast, Cape Cod, and Islands regions— remain at a Level 2 – Significant Drought.
For more information on the current drought conditions, and technical guidance regarding drought management actions, please visit www.mass.gov/ma-drought-management.
A Framework for Resilience is the first watershed-based climate change resiliency plan in the Commonwealth. The Deerfield River Watershed includes all or a portion of fourteen Franklin County towns: Ashfield, Buckland, Bernardston, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Rowe and Shelburne. A watershed can provide a framework for understanding the interconnectedness of natural systems and the built environment as well as how climate change stressors can affect several towns simultaneously. FRCOG’s report provides the 14 towns of the Deerfield River Watershed with information about how the climate change stressors – Changes in Precipitation, Rising Temperatures and Extreme Weather – will likely impact three important sectors – Natural Resources & Habitat, Human Health & Welfare, and Local Economy & Infrastructure. The recommendations described in FRCOG’s Plan were designed to be:
- Achievable (within the power of towns and individuals to implement);
- Address multiple climate stressors and benefit multiple sectors; and
- Build resiliency at multiple scales (property, town, and watershed).
The reality of private land holdings and fourteen town boundaries in the Deerfield River Watershed require watershed-scale approaches to climate resiliency. Working in partnership with their watershed neighbors, towns can build a coalition of resilience that improves not only the climate resiliency of each watershed town, but over time, creates a more resilient Deerfield River Watershed. FRCOG will be reaching out to stakeholders and convening a Resilient Deerfield River Watershed (Resilient DRW) coalition to work across town boundaries to build resiliency at the watershed scale. This project was completed with grant funding received from the Baker-Polito administration’s FY17 Community Compact Program’s Efficiency & Regionalization Grant Program. For further information contact Kimberly Noake MacPhee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in new initiatives and our progress on current FRCOG projects? Check out the link below for quarterly updates presented to the FRCOG Council in April.
The FRCOG is pleased to present the 2017 Annual and Town Reports, highlighting the work and accomplishments of our programs and Franklin County communities. Please click on the image above or this link to access the reports.
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FRCOG’s Fuel Bids for FY19 now dictate Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel instead of #2 Heating Oil. This phased-in law goes into full effect as of July 1, 2018. In our state alone, distillate oil contributed nearly 30,000 tons of SO2 emissions in 2008; the new regulation will reduce this amount to less than 1,000 tons in 2018 – reducing the allowable amount of sulfur from 500 parts per million in 2014 to only 15 ppm as of July 1 of this year. Costs are estimated to be slightly higher – perhaps 2-3 cents per gallon. The cleaner burning fuel will reduce service/cleaning costs in equipment which should mitigate the overall cost increase. The reduction of these fine sulfur particles will impact our respiratory and cardiovascular health, especially for the elderly and children, and significantly improve visibility (haze). FRCOG Fuel Bids will open on May 14 and there are 23 participants for FY19. More info on FRCOG Collective bids is at https://frcog.org/bids
Please spread the word to residents to: (1) wear bug spray, (2) repair torn screens, (3) prevent ALL standing water around houses. For more information on mosquito-borne diseases check out the Mass DPH website at www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito
Kudos to the Deerfield and Greenfield Boards of Health for their leadership in this arena!
Prevent cold weather dangers from affecting your pet’s health, The ASPCA has some tips for protecting your pet from the cold and other winter dangers.
Having the right equipment in your car for an emergency is always a good idea. But in the winter it could be the difference between a problem and a disaster.