Climate Adaptation

Hood Canal Climate Adaptation Planning

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The earth’s atmosphere and oceans are warming. Hood Canal is already experiencing changes in air temperature, stream and ocean temperature, precipitation and snowpack. These changes will alter life in Hood Canal ecosystems and our communities built around them. We can adjust to these changes with smart planning and foresight – to preserve our way of life on Hood Canal. 
HCCC recognizes the urgency and need for climate adaptation. It is a Strategic Priority in our Integrated Watershed Plan as well as an HCCC Near Term Action for the Hood Canal Action Area in the Puget Sound Action Agenda. 
HCCC plans to facilitate a Hood Canal regional climate adaptation planning process with our partners to prepare the Hood Canal region for environmental changes, and build climate resilient communities. Throughout this process, HCCC will build climate change understanding and urgency in the region, and establish a common vision for a climate resilient Hood Canal. The Hood Canal Climate Action Plan (HC CAP) will create actionable recommendations to integrate into local planning processes. 

The following steps outline our watershed-based approach for climate adaptation planning in Hood Canal:

Step 1: Identify and define the environmental problem

  • Climate adaptation is recognized as a regional priority in the IWP and an NTA for the Hood Canal Action Area.

Step 2: Gather available watershed based information 

  • Climate change projections and impacts data have been gathered, compiled, and summarized for the Hood Canal region. New data is continually added.
  • Form regional Climate Adaptation Workgroup to provide guidance throughout project timeline
  • Identify climate impact sensitivities and adaptive capacity utilizing expertise of practitioner community in the Hood Canal region

Step 3: Integrate and apply watershed based information 

  • Conduct Climate Vulnerability Assessment for Hood Canal
  • Conduct Climate Change Risk Assessment for Hood Canal
  • Evaluate climate vulnerabilities and adaptation opportunities based on specific criteria of localized priorities and political feasibility

Step 4: Develop solutions and actions/Implement actions

  • Develop prioritized climate adaptation recommendations
  • Integrate recommendations into HCCC IWP and local jurisdictions’ existing planning processes

Step 5: Monitor results of actions

The HC CAP will build off of other climate adaptation planning processes in the Hood Canal and neighboring regions. HCCC will collaborate with regional partners to build off of progress made, adapt from lessons learned, and share information. HCCC plans to capitalize on that progress to align priorities for a coordinated climate action strategy for Hood Canal.
The recommendations resulting from this process will be integrated into the IWP. Regional partners will be engaged throughout the planning process to ensure that a plan is generated with clear and actionable guidance for local jurisdictions to integrate climate interventions into existing planning processes. 
Climate adaptation must be approached with urgency, to ensure our resiliency and maintain Hood Canal as a special place, for its natural environments, its residents, and visitors.
Visit the Library to view HCCC climate adaptation planning resources, including the 2015 Hood Canal Climate Change Projections Summary report. 

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Board of Directors - Special Meeting Agenda - Climate Adaptation Workshop

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Hood Canal Climate Change Projections Summary


Prepared for Participants of the Hood Canal Climate Adaptation Workshop

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