Mass ECAN June News

Mass ECAN June News

Our monthly newsletter provides curated information relevant to our community of practice. See below for:

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Melissa Ocana
Climate Adaptation Coordinator, UMass Amherst

Mass ECAN Conference
Save the date!
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Mt. Ida Campus of UMass Amherst, Newton

Hope to see you at our third annual Mass ECAN conference! Stay tuned for additional details about the program in future newsletters. Registration will open here later this summer.
Mass ECAN Member Spotlight
Every month, we'll highlight someone in our community of practice so you can learn about the variety of adaptation work going on and "meet" a new colleague!

Rosalie Starvish

Water Resources Engineer

GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., Springfield, MA

Bio: Rosalie manages and designs projects related to stormwater and watershed management, water quality, lake and pond restoration, hazard mitigation, flood impact and flood control for private and municipal clients in the Pioneer Valley and beyond. She is Vice Chair of the Mass Association for Floodplain Management (massFM), a Certified Floodplain Manager, and a Certified Professional in Municipal Stormwater Management through Envirocert International, Inc. Rosalie is looking forward to this summer’s camping trips with her husband and two young, energetic and inquisitive boys.

Climate change adaptation project she’s currently excited about: Rosalie is excited about the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program and MVP-supported climate resiliency projects that use nature-based solutions to reduce flooding and water quality impacts. She is currently wrapping up the design and permitting of several projects in the City of Northampton that will use green stormwater infrastructure to mitigate existing and future runoff, and will improve the resiliency of existing infrastructure to impacts from increased intense precipitation. She is looking forward to expanding her work to other communities as the MVP program continues to grow.


News - 2019 Municipality Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program Awards - The Baker-Polito Administration has awarded $12 million to municipalities to prepare for climate change through Planning and Action Grants. Participation is up with 71% of Massachusetts communities now enrolled in the MVP Program. Read more here.

News - Bills to address climate adaptation funding underwent key hearings last week, as Governor Baker and House Speaker DeLeo represented their respective plans to fund adaptation initiatives in the Commonwealth. For an overview of the bills, read more here or here (courtesy of Mass Audubon). See here for remarks on S.10: An Act providing for climate change adaptation infrastructure investments in the Commonwealth.
Job - Research Assistant/Communications & Outreach Manager, UMass Amherst. Coordinate all aspects of the communications and outreach program for the DOI Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center.

Job Communication SpecialistAmerican Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP), part-time, can be remote. Responsible for the curation, creation and dissemination of ASAP communications products.

Job Southeast Regional Coordinator, Mass Audubon, Attleboro. Delivers the Shaping the Future of Your Community program in Southeastern Mass including co-coordinating the Resilient Taunton Watershed Network.

Event - Climate Change Communication for Land Trusts Workshop: Learning from Peers. Save the date! Our affiliated Climate Communications Expert Work Group is partnering with MassLand (Mass Land Trust Coalition) to host a workshop on Sept. 12th at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. Stay tuned for more details.

Event - Presentations from April's National Adaptation Forum are available in the online program here.

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