Foreward and Preface

Foreword

Dear Reader,

Thank you for opening this toolkit on climate change adaptation in Tantramar and Memramcook. It is filled with great information to help you understand what climate changes we are expected to see in our region and the impacts they will have on residents, infrastructure, and agriculture. The second part of the toolkit will help you (whether you are a municipal councillor, community leader, planner, resident, farmer, teacher, or anyone else concerned about climate change in our region) to understand what is being done to adapt to the changes we are already seeing and the ones predicted for the future, and also what you can do. The toolkit ends with a section on where to find more information, resources and support.

There are many unknowns with climate change, but this toolkit uses the best available science to inform the reader. We all have a role in planning for and adapting to changes in our region. Emergency Measures Organizations in Sackville, Port Elgin, Dorchester and Memramcook offer emergency response during critical situations such as floods. We conduct mock disasters (including dyke breaches and flooding) and plan and update our emergency response plans for a variety of disasters. By reading this toolkit and becoming better prepared for climate change disasters, such as flooding, you can help keep yourself, your family, your business safer during emergencies. Floods may slow our response time, or inhibit us from reaching flooded parts of town (or areas beyond a washed out road). So we, the EMO coordinators in Tantramar and Memramcook urge you to read this toolkit, heed its warnings and predictions and plan for potential floods in the future.

Sincerely,

  • Craig Bowser, Sackville EMO Coordinator
  • Terry Murphy, Port Elgin EMO Coordinator
  • Kim McLeod, Dorchester EMO Coordinator
  • Emery Bourque, Memramcook EMO Coordinator

 

Preface

The Tantramar area of Southeast New Brunswick

The Tantramar Region in southeast New Brunswick (home to the communities of Sackville, Port Elgin, Dorchester, Memramcook and the rural areas in between) is one of the most susceptible areas of the province to climate change impacts. This is because much of the region is low lying, including areas that are below sea level. Some of the region’s infrastructure, businesses, homes and community assets are also located behind an aging system of dykes that were built originally to protect agricultural fields. When these realities are combined with rising sea levels and the forecast of more intense storms happening more often, the region becomes very vulnerable. Indeed, we have already witnessed devastation from severe storms in the past (1869, 1917, 1962, 2010, etc.).

Because of past and forecasted future impacts and the region’s vulnerability as a low-lying area, a lot of research has been completed through the Atlantic Climate Adaptation Solutions Association (ACASA) from 2009 through 2012. EOS Eco-Energy obtained funding through the NB Regional Adaptation Collaborative and the New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund to compile this research into a toolkit full of easy to understand information for individuals, community groups and municipal offices interested in learning more about climate change.

The toolkit is based on the best science available at the time of development; however, there are many unknowns associated with climate change and flood risk and it is impossible to anticipate everything. As a result, the toolkit offers the best available resources at this time and will be updated online as new information becomes available at www.eosecoenergy.com. This toolkit allows the reader to become familiar with the kinds of climate changes the Tantramar Region is expecting as well as ideas for how to plan, prepare and adapt.