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Sweltering Heat Waves and Increasing Drought: Can the Northeast handle the heat?

June 3 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

In the Northeast, extreme heat and drought may seem inconsequential when it comes to our list of weather woes. However, increasingly hot summers and lower levels of groundwater are showing us that those issues are not limited to the Western US – infamous for forest fires and drought. The Forum will bring in a diverse panel of speakers who will explore what we can learn from practitioners across the country who are already feeling the heat, as well as what our region is doing to mitigate these critical threats to our public and environmental health.

Join the Climate Adaptation Forum for this first in-person event since 2020! Another first – this forum will also be organized in a hybrid format. Attendees will have the option of being in-person, networking at the UMass Club in Boston, MA, or tuning in virtually from their locations around New England, the country, or even internationally! More information on these two attendance options can be found below.

Presentations – Climate Adaptation Forum – Heat Waves and Increasing Drought

Final Agenda – Climate Adaptation Forum – Heat Waves and Increasing Drought


Forum Co-Chairs


Aaron Weieneth, Manager of Climate Change and Resilience



Melanie Gárate, Climate Resilience Manager
Mystic River Watershed Association


Forum Speakers

Keynote Presenter


Brenda Burman, Executive Strategy Advisor
Central Arizona Project




Zoe Davis, Climate Resilience Project Coordinator
City of Boston, MA



David Hondula, Director, Office of Heat Response and Mitigation (presenting virtually)
City of Phoenix, AZ



Viktoria Zoltay, Hydrologist, Office of Water Resources
Department of Conservation and Recreation, Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Event Recording


June 3
8:30 am - 12:00 pm


Climate Adaptation Forum


UMass Club
32nd Floor, 1 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02108
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