What impact will climate change have on the Delaware Estuary?
The media is filled with images of melting Arctic ice and stranded polar bears. But how will these changes affect folks in New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania? In 2008, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary decided to study the local impacts of climate change by participating in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Ready Estuaries Program. This investigation brought climate science home with local predictions by focusing on three vulnerable resources: drinking water, shellfish and wetlands. Released in 2010, Climate Change and the Delaware Estuary assessed the vulnerabilities of these three key resources and laid out a plan to help the region prepare for the changes ahead.
With the science in place, Weathering Change was also launched, to help engage community leaders and spread the message of preparedness and adaptation.