Adaptation and Resiliency

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With the expectation that there will be higher highs, lower lows, a shorter duration between water level extremes, and stronger storms, protecting your family’s future on Georgian Bay is more important now than ever before. New realities including more extreme weather events, year-round flood seasons, and increased storm water exacerbate issues with property damage, clean drinking water, access issues and residential property and coastal erosion. Given that current tools for mitigation were designed to withstand a different set of environmental challenges, there is no possibility that they can manage water level fluctuations driven by climate change. Therefore, it is important to consider how else to adapt to these potential impacts.

For more information on the impacts of extreme water level fluctuations, please click here.

Strategies for Resilience

So how can we become more resilient?

To start, knowing where you are and what your area’s susceptibility is on a flood map will allow for early decision-making surrounding disaster-management and emergency preparedness. Resilience to flood, wind and increasing heat, moreover, requires good planning, materials, siting, and construction. Constructing elevated above-ground living spaces, installing floating docks and boathouses which can drift up and down, floodproofing buildings and basements, and converting non-natural hardened shorelines to naturalized ones represent a few solutions for resilient property design.

To learn more, watch GBF’s video on how to build resiliency into your property.

Reducing Our Impact

Protecting Georgian Bay for generations to come isn’t just about adaptation and resiliency. It also means incorporating everyday environmentally conscious decisions into your lifestyle which will work towards mitigating man-made climate change impacts. Examples of such initiatives include investing in electric or solar powered boat motors, carpooling to the cottage, purchasing carbon offsets, using biodiesel, and monitoring tides and waves as slower speeds and calm water consume less fuel when boating.