The Athens Conservation Advisory Council just finished a cooperative project with the Hudson River Estuary Program and the Cornell Water Resources Institute, offices within the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. This is part of our continued efforts to prepare for, and respond to, climate change as it impacts our community.
Working with the CAC, staff from that program prepared a Climate Summary report for Athens called “Working Toward Climate Resilience in Your Community.” You can see the report here.
The report lists the three most pressing climate-related risks we face in Athens and what can be done about them. The three risks are (1) heat waves, (2) drought, and (3) flooding, all three of which we’ve experienced just this year.
The report lists several possible responses to each of the risks.
We continue to work on preparations and responses to climate change. We welcome your interest in working with us.
The CAC meets the third Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8pm. Meetings are open to the public. The location changes periodically among our different Village buildings, so check with the Village Clerk’s office for this month’s CAC meeting location if you are interested in attending.
For more information, please contact Village Trustee and CAC chair Dr. Josh Lipsman.