I’d like to invite everyone who has an interest in the long-term preservation of our beautiful and historic city to join me in an important conversation occurring in Newport next week.

The Rhode Island Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council (RI EC4) will visit Newport City Hall Wednesday, meeting with the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission and municipal officials about developing efforts to defend our city from the effects of climate change. The meeting is scheduled Wednesday, June 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers.

Local officials will discuss the city’s resiliency priorities and needs, as well as ongoing projects to protect Newport from sea rise and related effects of climate change. I will be there to discuss my bill requiring municipal planning board members to participate in free training on the effects of rising sea levels and development in flood plains, and other recommendations made by a commission I led last year to look for ways to better prepare for the effects of rising seas. The event will include the premiere of a short documentary by the Department of Health, “Rhode Island’s Changing Climate: Building Resilience Through Local Solutions.”

Sea level has risen 10.6 inches since 1930 as measured by the Newport Tide Gauge. We must not wait until disaster is upon us to act to protect property and resources in our city. I encourage anyone with an interest in protecting our island to join us for this discussion.

Sincerely,

Rep. Lauren H. Carson

D-District 75, Newport

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