Climate Adaptation Plan for Town of Truckee

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Truckee, California is no stranger to extreme weather and climate events. Each year, events such as severe winter storms, cold spells, flooding, heat, and hailstorms impact local residents and businesses. Extreme storms can impact local infrastructure, while increasing summer heat can affect peoples’ health. Natural resources, which are vital to the local economy, are also impacted by extreme events and long-term climate change. As the community responds to the immediate needs of public health and safety, we need to also keep an eye towards preparing for the future.

Over 2019 and 2020 the Geos Institute is working with the Town of Truckee to develop a climate change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan for the community. Following the highly collaborative Whole Community planning framework, the Geos Institute held a series of stakeholder and community workshops and events providing ample opportunity for community members to help shape climate change solutions. The resulting climate change adaptation plan for Truckee focuses on protecting diverse populations, natural resources, local culture, the economy, and infrastructure from climate impacts.



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Project Resources

Upcoming Events

The final draft plan will be presented to Town Council at their meeting on Tuesday evening July 28th. You can view the the agenda packet here, which includes a link to the draft report (also available above). We strived to make this a community-driven process, and every strategy in this plan came from an idea spawned from our stakeholder workshops, community workshops, surveys, and other engagement events.

Note: this is a presentation to Council only, and they are not being asked to take any action, since the strategies will be addressed more appropriately at a policy level through the General Plan update process. This plan will be integrated into a new climate-focused element of the General Plan, which will also include the mitigation measures that have been developed by the GPAC Climate Subcommittee in a parallel climate action plan public process.

Past Events

  • Workshop #1: Exploring Vulnerabilities

    The stakeholder workshop was held on Tuesday June 25, 2019.

    Workshop #2: Developing Strategies

    On November 6, stakeholders met for a day of strategy design. Using information from the Exploring Vulnerabilities workshops and other information collected from local experts and leaders, participants developed effective cross-sector solutions that help prepare Truckee for the impacts of climate change. The outcomes from this workshop will feed directly into the Climate Adapotation Plan currently under development.

    Organizations represented at the workshops included:

    • Aegis Insurance, CATT
    • CalTrans
    • Liberty Utilities
    • NCTC
    • Placer and Nevada Counties Health and Human Services
    • Sierra Seniors Services
    • Sierra Watershed Education Partnership
    • Southwest Gas
    • Tahoe SAFE Alliance
    • TDPUD
    • TDRPD
    • TFHD
    • TMA
    • TMWA
    • Town of Truckee
    • Truckee Downtown Merchants Association
    • Truckee Family Resource Center
    • Truckee Fire
    • Truckee Police
    • Truckee River Watershed Council
    • TSD
    • US Forest Service
    • Vail Resorts
  • Community Workshop #1:
    Climate Ready Truckee

    This event was a follow up to the stakeholder workshop held on June 25th. All community members were invited to attend and provide information about climate change impacts in the Truckee region. Read a summary of both workshops here.

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    Community Workshop #2: Community Solutions

    On Thursday November 7, 5:30-7:30PM members of our community met at the Community Rec Center to discuss strategies the Town of Truckee can use to adapt to climate change impacts and ways Truckee can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

    Download the presentation from the community workshop here.

  • The official kickoff for this project was held on March 15, 2019. The Geos Institute provided an overview of Whole Community Adaptation and the engagement process designed specifically for Truckee. Coordination between the Truckee 2040 planning effort and climate adaptation planning was also discussed. An advisory team representative of the full range of diverse populations in Truckee is being formed to guide this project.

Project Timeline

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Project Task Force Members

Success of this project depends on having a highly diverse and knowledgeable committee to ensure it reflects local values and diverse populations. The taskforce includes community representatives from a variety of different sectors of the community, including health, natural resources, cultural resources, water, energy, disadvantaged populations, infrastructure, transportation, and others. Taskforce meetings are the first Tuesday of each month, from 2:00-3:30pm.

  • Paul Bancroft (Sierra Community House)
  • Jazmin Breaux (Nevada County Health)
  • Anna Klovstad (Councilmember/GPAC)
  • Ted Owens (TFHS)
  • Steven Poncelet (TDPUD)
  • USFS Representatives
  • Lynn Saunders (Chamber)
  • Bill Seline (Truckee Fire)
  • Dianira Soto (Caltrans)
  • Lisa Wallace (TRWC)
  • Robert Womack (Truckee Police/Emergency Services)
  • Jaime Wright (TNT/TMA)

Access Task Force resources here (password required)

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