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Building Common Ground on Climate Change: A process in the Twin Cities Area Transportation Study (TwinCATS) Gautam Mani, Transportation Planner, SWMPC.

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1 Building Common Ground on Climate Change: A process in the Twin Cities Area Transportation Study (TwinCATS) Gautam Mani, Transportation Planner, SWMPC

2 Outline Grant process First public meeting and challenges Lessons learned and second public meeting Final Report Emerging tools and next steps

3 Community Selection & Contact Meeting Community Conversations 1 & 2 Stakeholder Interviews Audit Tool Completion Final Meeting Process Sept. ‘12 Feb./May ‘13 Jun. ‘13 Aug. ‘13

4 Part of a National network of regional centers focused on climate change adaptation Climatologists, social scientists, outreach specialists GLISA funded MSU project team to work with two Michigan communities for one year

5 Why the TwinCATS Area ? Coastal Location Strong Tourism and Agricultural Sectors Potential Vulnerability to Major Precipitation Events

6 Gauging Public Attitudes: Meeting #1

7 Wide-Ranging Opinions Expressed “One of the greatest risks is that planners will overreact, over-regulate and infringe on industrial liberties.” “Our time as a species is almost over, as feedback loops wreak havoc with everything we depend on- water, air, soils, stability, etc.” “An opportunity for increased localism and better cooperation between individuals, along with better health outcomes.”

8 Lessons learned Better establish what TwinCATS/SWMPC do and the role that climate change plays (Read: Take control of process). More time needed for members of the public to engage with substantive Address personal attacks by “disarming with data”

9 Preparation for the Second Meeting Land Use Water & Public Health Food & Agriculture Tourism & Economy

10 Preparation for Second Meeting Agriculture/Food Concerns Best Practices: What Municipal Governments Can Do With Your Support Transportation Considerations Drought Tree species that require an abundance of moisture could be replaced in urban forests with species that are drought-resistant. Replace monocultures with polycultures (multiple species instead of one) along streets and arterial corridors to counteract tree deaths from drought Correct tree placement reduces street maintenance costs by reducing repair (surface destabilization from roots) and clean-up costs (leaves, fruits, and branches) associated with inappropriately-placed species Availability/Access to Food Identify areas within the region that could be used for additional Farmers Markets and seek out additional community, municipal, and regional collaborators, as well as local markets and growers. This way, food supply is less likely to be interrupted during extreme events Temporary road closures, detours, and short-term conversion of parking areas to market areas; smaller local shipments to local markets rather than large semi-truck loads from major distribution centers Amend ordinances and plans, as well as economic development funding practices to allow food production within urban areas May lead municipalities to install porous pavement that captures run-off before sediment, fertilizer, and pesticides end up in storm and/or sanitary sewers

11 Photo source: Don Campbell/ Herald Palladium Staff 2013 Geneva Township. Photo Source: FOX17 News. Meeting #2: Framing the Issue


13 Change in Mean Temperature (°F) from 1951-1980 to 1981-2010 Annual 0.9 Winter 1.9 Spring 1.1 Summer 0.6 Fall 0.2

14 Meeting #2: Framing the Issue Change in Mean Total Precipitation (%) from 1951-1980 to 1981-2010 Annual 8.0 Winter 7.5 Spring 3.6 Summer 4.8 Fall 17.1

15 Meeting #2: Prioritizing Issues and Actions


17 Top 5 Best Practices #Best Practice SupportCategory 1Maintain diversity of native of crops/trees15Agriculture/Food 2 Enhance: pedestrian environment; non-motorized paths; access to marinas 10Tourism/Economy 3Critical habitat: identify, acquire, protect10Public Health/Water 4Promote public transit8Tourism/Economy 5Utilize water resources more efficiently7Public Health/Water

18 Additional Resources in Final Report

19 Next Steps for the MPO Overlay vulnerable areas map layers with other features (i.e. schools, planned transit fixed routes, development footprint) Perform feasibility analysis for transportation best practices Develop project evaluation criteria (i.e. provisions for particularly vulnerable populations, floodplain development rationale, etc.)

20 Emerging Tools

21 Emerging Tools

22 Emerging Tools InfrastructureScenario Located in the Floodplain 1 ? Flooding expected due to 100-year, 24- hour storm 2 ? Flooding expected due to storm event 50% greater than column 2 3 Sewage Treatment Plant Power grid Drinking Water Reservoirs/Tanks Significant Roadways (e.g., evacuation) Railways/evacuation routes Petroleum/chemical storage facilities Total Check Marks (infrastructure) etting_real_about_climate_change.html

23 Thank you! Questions? Gautam Mani 269-925-1137 x 24

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