Problem DescriptionThree major storms (Sandy, Lee and Irene) created havoc in local communities. Years of tax cuts, underfunded government, downsizing, and reduction of public servants limit effective response. Local governments are limited in responding to local impacts, disaster response is costly, and state governments are not proactive in resilience and climate adaptation planning. New models are emerging for more responsive "grassroots" efforts in watershed-based/community-based governance. New tools like social networking, watershed improvement districts (special purpose governments), volunteer "green neighbor agreements," payments for ecosystem services/impact fees, resilience analysis, scenario planning, and behavioral-based policy making offer promising practices and new opportunities.
Still in planning stages, and looking for funding to begin formal processes in community.
- Riobart Breen, Anam Earth Center