Panel set to discuss Connecticut’s coastal resiliency at La Grua Center Wednesday

Panel set to discuss Connecticut’s coastal resiliency at La Grua Center Wednesday


STONINGTON — As one of the worst autumn storm seasons in recent memory winds down, residents of coastal communities are wondering how a hurricane the magnitude of Maria would devastate their towns.

On Oct. 11 at the La Grua Center, a panel discussion will explore how Connecticut would withstand a major hurricane and how residents and organizations can prepare for severe weather events.

Presented in partnership with the Mystic Aquarium, the discussion, entitled “Coastal Resiliency: Now More Than Ever,” will tackle the topics of climate change and coastal resiliency.

Mystic Aquarium Senior Vice President for Mission Programs Katie Cubina will serve as panel moderator, and the panelists are Juliana Barrett of University of Connecticut Sea Grant, James O’Donnell, University of Connecticut professor of marine sciences, and Kaitlyn McGrath, a meteorologist with NBC Connecticut.

Cubina said the effects of climate change necessitated a deeper understanding of both the natural and built coastal environments.

“Enhancing coastal resiliency within our community is essential given climate change, sea-level rise and severe weather and involves taking a close look at the natural and the built environment,” she said. “One way to increase resiliency is to conserve and restore coastal wetlands. Mystic Aquarium has been instrumental in bringing partners together to restore the Dodge Paddock and Beale Preserve salt marsh in Stonington Borough.

“Given that, we are thrilled to co-host the coastal resiliency panel in partnership with the La Grua Center in Stonington Borough,” she said. “In light of recent severe weather events, we felt compelled to assemble a diverse panel experts that have a real understanding of our local area, the potential threats to it and the practical ways that we can work together to build resiliency.”

In addition to discussing a range of topics related to coastal resiliency, the panelists will share their thoughts on Connecticut’s experiences with severe weather response and recovery. The discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

The discussion will begin at 6 p.m. at the LaGrua Center, 32 Water Street, Stonington Borough.


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