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Posted on: May 12, 2020

City selected for climate plan; feedback requested

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The City of Faribault has once again been selected to take part in a grant-funded climate project. 

In 2017-2018, the City of Faribault was one of a few cities that was asked to participate in a study on how climate change may affect vulnerable populations. The study was conducted by a consultant team and staff at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and other public agencies. There was, and is, no cost to the City to participate in the study. Due, in part to the success of that study, the City of Faribault is one of four cities in the state selected to develop a Climate Adaptation Plan. Once again, the planning effort will be led by a consultant team and staff from several public agencies. The MPCA is funding the development of the Plan, but is asking for input from a community stakeholder group.

Before the stakeholder group begins its discussion, however, the consultant and City are hoping individuals will participate in a survey, regardless of their views on climate change. 

You can access the survey at https://palebluedot.llc/faribault-climate-adaptation-survey You do not need to be a resident of Faribault to take the survey.

Once the stakeholder group completes its four, 90-minute meetings, it will be asked to provide feedback on how the City of Faribault’s infrastructure, natural environment, and people can best adapt to future climate change.

The City is fortunate to have been selected to participate in this important work. The Plan will help Faribault better prepare for flooding, storm damage, excessive heat events, and other climate issues that can adversely affect Faribault’s people, natural environment, infrastructure and economy.

The “stakeholder” online meetings with the consultant begin Wednesday, May 20 from 12 to 1 p.m. The consultant will introduce the project and talk about the schedule for developing a Climate Adaptation Plan. The stakeholder meetings are open to everyone, so please feel free to participate and encourage others to participate. For more information about the stakeholder meetings, please email David Wanberg, City Planner, at dwanberg@ci.faribault.mn.us.

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