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Our Climate Change: Symposium

Friday, April 15, 2016
8:00am – 1:00pm

Middlesex Community College, Chapman Hall, 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown, CT

Our Changing Climate - Its Impacts on the Economy and the Way We Live A Symposium

Early Registration (until March 15): $40

Regular Registration: $45

Student Registration: $20

Optional Lunch: $15

See Full Program and Registration below AICP CM Credits Pending

Questions? Please contact Tony Marino at The Rockfall Foundation or 860.347-0340

Sponsored by: The Rockfall Foundation UConn Climate Adaptation Academy Middlesex Community College

8:00-8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:35 Welcome to MxCC - Anna Wasecha, MxCC President

8:35-9:00 Introduction and Overview - Bruce Hyde/Juliana Barrett, UConn

9:00-9:45 Change is Happening - David Vallee, Hydrologist in Charge, NOAA/NWS, Northeast River Forecast Center changes in rainfall frequencies, the shifting design storm based on the new NOAA Atlas, changes in general flood behavior in the lower Connecticut basin and sea level rise and storm surge

9:45-10:15 Infrastructure - Giovanni Zinn, City Engineer, City of New Haven, impacts of the change in storminess on drainage systems, roads, and infrastructure, including how green infrastructure/LID figures into the equation

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:30 Agriculture/Recreation/Tourism Impacts Kip Kolesinskas (CT Dept. of Agriculture) - effects on farms and the foods and products we can buy locally Michelle Eckman (CT Audubon) - consequences for biodiversity and ecosystems, impacts on tourism and the animals we see in our yards Chris Dobbs (CT River Museum) - the immediate impact of the rising river on the museum and the potential ripple effect on tourist attraction has on other tourist attractions and businesses Sean Hayes (Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort) - how the change in storminess and everyday weather affects seasonal businesses and the tourist industry

11:30-11:40 Brief Break

11:40-1:00 Panel- Question & Answer: David Vallee - NOAA/NWS Giovanni Zin - Infrastructure Kip Kolesinskas - Agriculture Michelle Eckman - Wildlife Chris Dobbs - Tourism Sean Hayes - Recreation

1:00 Optional Lunch

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Tony Marino,, 860.347-0340

Extension (primary), College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, Middlesex County, Office of Public Engagement

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