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Climate Change

Climate Change in the Huron River Watershed

There is some uncertainty about climate change impacts in the future, but here in the humid midwest we can generally anticipate warmer overall temperatures and more intense rainfall events. This means warmer water temperatures effecting the plants, fish and other aquatic organisms that help keep our rivers healthy and clean. It also means increased precipitation and flooding in winter and spring and potentially drier summers and falls with droughts becoming more common. See  Huron River Report Climate Change Edition, Winter 2009 for details about climate change at the watershed level.

HRWC believes that we can take action now that will make our communities and the watershed’s ecosystems more resilient. HRWC wants to work with stakeholders in the watershed to build future scenarios of climate change, develop practices that anticipate and minimize its impacts, and advocate for and help implement these practices. See the project page for this endeavor.

Climate Change At-A-Glance

HRWC worked with the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center (GLISA) to develop localized and easy to understand fact sheets summarizing the best available climate data for the area and explaining potential impacts of climate change to key sectors.

Products from the first year of the Climate Resilient Communities Project are available to download.  Contact Rebecca Esselman for high quality printed versions of the reports.

Climate Impacts to Tree Species information is also available in individual fact sheets.

 

 




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