North Kingstown Receives Walter B. Jones Memorial Award

NKWhat started out as a pilot project in 2009 to study climate adaptations, has now turned into a model for coastal communities throughout Rhode Island and the nation.

North Kingstown was one of 11 recipients across the nation to receive the 2014 Walter B. Jones Memorial Award, given by NOAA’s Office for Excellence in Coastal Ocean Resource Management, which honors individuals and organizations every two years for “leadership and a commitment to balancing the human use of coastal and ocean resources with the needs of the environment.”

North Kingstown has worked extensively with Rhode Island Sea Grant and the Coastal Resources Center to develop maps that identify areas vulnerable to sea level rise and flooding, which are currently being used to help develop a comprehensive community plan. Specifically, the plan is looking at climate adaptation as it relates to transportation and land use issues, and prioritizing projects to include in the state Transportation Improvement Program and municipal Capital Improvement Program proposals.

This second phase of the project is supported by a $100K grant by  Rhode Island Statewide Planning.

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