How climate change threatens development
High water levels are shown in Brentwood.Photo supplied by the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority
From Barrie Today, by Ben Krul, October 17, 2023
‘The biggest climate change-related threats to development are precipitation and wildfires,’ conservation authority official explains
The Nottawasaga watershed is one of the fastest-growing regions in Ontario.
When developing a new area, there are many factors developers, municipalities and other entities must consider, including basic amenities such as water, sewage, hydro, and internet access.
Other considerations include whether new developments and communities are safe and resilient to the threat of climate change and if they affect environmentally sensitive areas.
According to the Ontario Provincial Climate Change Impact Assessment technical report, the biggest climate change-related threats to development are precipitation and wildfires. Both hazards have the potential to damage buildings and shorten the service life of infrastructure such as bridges and roads.
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