Maryland Coastal Bays Program to Hold Climate Change Meeting in Ocean Pines

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Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP) is hosting a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Community meeting on Tuesday, May 23 at the Ocean Pines Library. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. and is part of the non-profit’s vulnerability assessment to understand how risks from climate change might effect the goals of our Comprehensive Conservation & Management Plan (CCMP).

“We are now at the crucial step of identifying consequences and probabilities with the expertise of community residents who have seen many changes locally and are best equipped to provide an educated estimate of what the future may hold related to climate impacts,” stated in the organization’s April newsletter.

Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP) is a non-profit partnership among the towns of Ocean City and Berlin, the National Park Service (NPS), Worcester County, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Maryland Departments of Natural Resources, Agriculture and Planning, according to its website.

MCBP’s goal is to protect and enhance the watershed, which includes Ocean City, Ocean Pines and Berlin, and Assateague Island National Seashore. East of Route 113, the 175-square mile watershed is home to the treasured resources of the St. Martin River, Newport Bay, Assawoman Bay, Isle of Wight Bay, Sinepuxent Bay and Chincoteague Bay.

The watershed includes more than 189,000 acres of land, 71,000 acres of water, 248 miles of shoreline, and nearly 35,000 acres of wetlands, states MCSP’s website.

To attend the assessment meeting in Ocean Pines, email mcbp@mdcoastalbays.org or for questions about the community meetings, call Frank Piorko at 410-213-2297 ext. 102.

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