A comprehensive, phased strategy for increasing climate resiliency in Woods Hole, including development of village-wide design concepts and planning. This strategy will address alternatives for institutional, private, and municipal infrastructure, as well as for natural habitat features and waterways.
Neighborhood Working Group Meetings - June 2023
ResilientWoodsHole held its second set of NWG meetings with residents, business owners, employees, and other stakeholders in Woods Hole.
Several areas of concern and action steps were identified in the meetings:
- Mill Pond and the wetlands - increase ecological health of Mill Pond, increase filtration behind seawall
- Culverts between Eel and Mill Pond - repair culverts and increase flow between the two ponds
- Bar Neck Rd - elevate the road and restore dunes on either side of the road
To read a summary of the meetings, visit here.
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Neighborhood Working Group Meetings - March 2023 - April 2023
ResilientWoodsHole has held its first set of meetings where it engaged residents, business owners, employees, and other stakeholders in Woods Hole from 9 areas in Woods Hole.
Several main themes were identified during the neighborhood working groups:
- Need for collaboration between town, institutions, and community on the long-term vision of Woods Hole
- Need for changes in regulation to help with climate resilience action
- Need to establish community associations or improvement districts in Woods Hole neighborhoods to help fund resilience projects
To read a summary of the meetings, visit the ResilientWoodshHole Neighborhood Working Group Meeting Summary.
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ResilientWoodsHole in the News - October 2022
Hannah Loss from Inside Climate News visited Woods Hole to learn more about ResilientWoodsHole and learn how the community and institutions have taken steps to reduce the impacts of climate change. You can read the full article here.
Phase 4: October 2022 - December 2023
ResilientWoodsHole was awarded its second Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) grant to continue its work in implementing community climate resiliency solutions.
Phase 4 has three main scopes focusing on the short-term, medium-term, and long-term. For the short-term, RWH is conducting climate resilient demonstration projects in MBL, WHOI, and NOAA Fisheries.
For the medium-term, RWH is conducting a feasibility study for nature-based solutions on Stoney Beach.
For the long-term, RWH is continuing outreach and engagement efforts by conducting neighborhood working groups, establishing social media pages, creating a climate resilience podcast, and developing a self-guided walking tour.
Phase 3 Report is Released: June 2022
The Phase 3 report that outlines ResilientWoodsHole's extensive outreach efforts and proposed adaptation solutions was completed in June 2022 and can be found here.
Regulatory Report is Released - June 2022
ResilientWoodsHole commissioned Nutter McClennen & Fish, LLP to conduct a regulatory review of federal, state, and town bylaws to evaluate how regulations help or impede climate resilience action. You can read the report here.
Community Visioning Workshop #2 - May 2022
The second participatory workshop builds upon the first community workshop. The second community workshop included a review of coastal vulnerability and potential adaptation strategies in nine areas of Woods Hole.
Community Visioning Workshop #1 - February 2022
A participatory workshop beginning with a review and update on Woods Hole’s vulnerability to sea-level rise and storm surge. Followed by breakout room discussions on:
- Important aspects of Woods Hole to adapt for resilience
- Your observations of flooding in Woods Hole
- Your preferred strategies for building resilience
- Private-property flood protection opportunities
- Sewer adaptation ideas
You can watch the workshop here.
Phase 3: October 2021 – June 2022
ResilientWoodsHole is engaging the local community in a dialogue about coastal flooding risks; identifying village flood pathways and vulnerabilities; and discussing long-term protective strategies.
This phase is funded through the Office of Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management (CZM) grant and institutional matching funds.
Phase 2 Report is Released - January 2022
ResilientWoodsHole released the Phase 2 report that outlines the results of a vulnerability assessment on Woods Hole village and lifelines, such as roads. You can read the whole report here.
Symposium, November 2021
A public symposium was held to raise awareness about climate-change research in Woods Hole, the ResilientWoodsHole initiative, and state, regional, and local climate resiliency planning.
You can view the symposium here.
Phase 1 January – September 2020
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Marine Biological Laboratory, and NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center commissioned Woods Hole Group to prepare the Woods Hole Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (CCVA) and Adaptation Plan.
Periodic impacts include
Nuisance flooding of developed areas and infrastructure due to the shifting tidal range, coastal wetlands migration/loss in undeveloped areas due to the shifting tidal range, and potential erosion of natural shorelines due to repetitive storm damage.
Episodic impacts include
Risk of flooding to developed areas and infrastructure during more frequent and more intense coastal storms with greater potential for impact due to sea level rise.