Castlegar hosts Extreme Weather and Infrastructure seminar

Municipal government staff and elected officials from throughout the Columbia Basin region were in Castlegar

Dr. Mel Reasoner give the key note address on weather trends in the Columbia Basin at the Extreme Weather and Infrastructure seminar on Thursday.

Dr. Mel Reasoner give the key note address on weather trends in the Columbia Basin at the Extreme Weather and Infrastructure seminar on Thursday.

Municipal government staff and elected officials from throughout the Columbia Basin region were in Castlegar Thursday and Friday for a two day workshop on extreme weather and infrastructure.

“We’ve had a wonderfully high registration,” said Ingrid Liepa, communications and outreach coordinator for Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) communities adapting to climate change. “I think we had over 50 people register from throughout the basin.”

The conference was split into two sections each with their own workshop leader. The leaders are Joe and Joan Nodelman from Nodelcorp.

“They’re experts and they’re here on behalf of Engineers Canada,” said Liepa. “They’ve done a lot of really groundbreaking work on how municipalities can assess their  infrastructures for vulnerabilities to extreme weather and climate impact. They’re bringing this knowledge to the basin to local governments so they can start to do their own vulnerability assessments on local infrastructure.”