Practical approach eyed for climate adaptation plan

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Published on: November 5, 2019

Sarnia Observer / Tyler Kula / 04 November 2019

Sarnia is one of 59 small and medium-sized municipalities to receive a share of the $6.5 million in federal Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program funding for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities-recommended task.

Sarnia’s $125,000 program is 80 per cent funded via the grant.

The expected effects of climate change in Sarnia include heavy rains; hot, dry, longer summers; extreme winters; and damaging winds.

Sewer system surcharging; flooding basements; localized surface flooding; urban forests impacted by heat, dryness, disease and storm damage; increased energy consumption in the summer; and more wear on city infrastructure during winter freeze-thaw cycles are some of the expected results.

Meanwhile, Sarnia, like many municipalities, is already in a financial hole, dealing with millions of dollars in backlogged infrastructure work.