Tools of the trade: Rye residents learn about options to prepare for climate change

Story and photo by Rebecca Zeiber, N.H. Sea Grant Science Writer

The mood was upbeat as three dozen Rye residents, officials, town staff and members of land use boards and commissions gathered at the Rye Junior High School cafeteria on a recent May evening for the second in a series of four workshops. Their goal: to find out about options available to help Rye move toward a more resilient future.

Facilitators from N.H. Sea Grant, UNH Cooperative Extension and the Rockingham Planning Commission (RPC) helped guide the discussion by reviewing planning tools and strategies the town can use to address the impacts of climate change and sea level rise.

“You’ll be surprised at the breadth and latitude of what your town can do to prepare for climate change and sea level rise,” said Julie LaBranche, senior planner at the RPC.

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Rye residents inspect maps that show critical town resources at risk of flooding.

Rye residents inspect maps that show critical town resources at risk of flooding. Photo by Rebecca Zeiber

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