Residents’ climate anecdotes to inform San Diego resilience plan

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The City of San Diego Planning Department is seeking public feedback as it develops a climate resilience plan focused on preparing for sea level rise, flooding and drought, extreme heat and wildfires — risks backed up by a climate change vulnerability assessment completed early last year. The Climate Resilient SD plan would build on the city’s Climate Action Plan released in 2015.

A survey seeking residents’ anecdotes on how climate change has already impacted their communities, and gauging residents’ resilience priorities going forward, closes Friday. The planning department will then analyze responses before distributing a second survey. It aims to release a draft version of the plan this summer with a goal of submitting it to the city council for approval by year’s end.

Ultimately, San Diego is looking to adopt adaptation strategies to minimize the city’s vulnerability to climate change hazards, thereby protecting “people, economy, infrastructure, and natural resources.”

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