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Climate and Water Institute Targets Public Decision Makers
Nebraska Ag Connection - 07/10/2018

Nebraska's communities are increasingly faced with extreme weather conditions, worries about water, and a changing climate. These events can have large impacts on a community economically, through lost tax revenue; physically, when infrastructure is damaged; and socially, with decreased visitors and population. Government officials increasingly have to handle these issues that are becoming progressively complex.

Faculty from Nebraska Extension, the National Drought Mitigation Center, and the UNL School of Natural Resources are partnering to deliver a day-long Climate and Water Institute of Excellence for government officials/employees and other key community leaders and decision-makers.

The Institute will be presented Sept. 7 in Lincoln at the Lancaster County Extension Office (444 Cherrycreek Road) between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Institute was originally planned for county officials, but the program content and discussion pertains to a wide number of professionals. Those working with: government, economic/community development, tourism, recreation, transportation, public works, etc. are all encouraged to attend.

During the Climate and Water Institute experts will talk in laymen's terms about the science and impacts of Nebraska's climate and water plus how these intersect with city and county planning and decision-making. Because Nebraska's climate is changing, a panel of presenters will talk realistically about preparing for future climate conditions. There's also a session about leading policy and decision-making, so that changes in Nebraska's climate and water can be factored into policy discussions at all levels of business and government.

Cost of the workshop is $60 and the registration deadline is August 31, 2018. To start the online registration process or to review the agenda go to http://communityvitality.unl.edu/nacoie.

The Institute, which was held in Kearney last February received good reviews. Several participants said more public officials need to attend. For more information about the Climate and Water Institute of Excellence, contact Nebraska Extension Community Vitality educators, Jessica Jones, jjones12@unl.edu or Carroll Welte, cwelte1@unl.edu.

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