Cape Cod Commission to Begin Forums on Coastal Resiliency

CENTERVILLE – The Cape Cod Commission’s federally funded program to evaluate the readiness of the region for coastal change will begin a series of community forums this week.

“Resilient Cape Cod” stakeholder meetings focused on Nantucket Sound and Cape Cod Bay will take place on Monday.

The goal is to engage the region in a public process to improve the understanding of coastal vulnerability and gauge the public willingness to take action.

The forum on Cape Cod Bay takes place Monday morning at 9 a.m. at the Cape and Islands Association of Realtors office in Yarmouth.

The Nantucket Sound forum begins at 2 p.m. at the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce headquarters in Centerville.

Buzzards Bay and the Outer Cape will be in focus later in the week, with follow up sessions for all regions early next year.

In 2016, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) awarded a three-year, $780,000 grant to the Cape Cod Commission and partners for the program.

The goal is to develop a tool and public outreach program to investigate the environmental and socio-economic effects of local and regional coastal resiliency strategies.

The grant is funded through the NOAA’s Regional Coastal Resilience Grant program, which supports regional-scale projects that enhance the resilience of coastal communities and economies to the effects of extreme weather, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions.

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