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Clark County seeks feedback on climate planning

By Shari Phiel, Columbian staff writer
Published: May 7, 2024, 6:00am

Clark County is seeking community input on planning for climate change.

With the passage of House Bill 1181 during the 2023 state legislative session, Clark County is now required to add a climate change element into its comprehensive plan. The new chapter will include actions the county can take over the next 20 years to improve community resilience, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and benefit communities that will disproportionately suffer from the compounding environmental impacts and natural hazards due to climate change.

To start, county residents are invited to complete a survey to share how they have been affected by severe weather events and weather patterns.

The survey is available at https://clark.wa.gov/community-planning/climate-change-planning. The surveys are available in several languages. To request a print copy, call 564-397-4968. Responses must be submitted by 5 p.m. Sunday.

Survey feedback will help the county develop a resilience component of the climate chapter and related actions the county can take to prepare for and adapt to severe weather events and weather patterns.

More information about the Climate Commitment Act is available at www.climate.wa.gov.