In 2018 the Methow Valley Citizens Council gathered local community leaders and organizations to discuss how the Methow Watershed (Mazama to Pateros) can best plan for and adapt to climate change. That initial discussion has given rise to a cross-sector, community-driven effort to develop a Climate Action Plan for the Methow Watershed. The Plan is a strategic roadmap to help agencies, organizations, businesses, and individuals prepare for climate impacts and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It draws from current science and best practices to identify realistic and community-generated goals for building resiliency in the face of change.
(Above: Map of WRIA 48 - the Methow Watershed from the Watershed Council Website)
Led by a team of community leaders, locally-based organizations, and local, state, and federal agencies, the planning effort is informed by experts and stakeholders from five key Methow Valley Watershed sectors: agriculture, health, and emergency services, infrastructure, natural systems, and the economic sector. Together, these groups and individuals comprise the Task Force and sector subcommittees.
- Read the draft summary of the Plan here (https://bit.ly/draftsummarymvcap)
- WWU Sustainability Planning Studio student report on carbon sequestration and offsets in the Methow Valley
- Equity in Climate Action
- Nature Conservancy carbon calculator
- UN Secretary-General speaks on the state of the planet