Throwe Environmental Kicks Off Climate Resilience Projects with Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), City of Newport

In October 2021, the Throwe Environmental team officially kicked off two projects offered through the most recent round of SNEP Network technical assistance. On October 14, Team Throwe visited the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) (WTGHA) for an in-person kickoff event and community tour. On October 26, the team joined City of Newport, RI staff and community stakeholders for a virtual project kickoff event.

By Kyle Gray, Project Partner, Throwe Environmental

BRISTOL, R.I. — Last month, Throwe Environmental launched two exciting projects to enhance climate resiliency in two Southeastern New England communities.

On October 14, 2021, Throwe Environmental staff, along with representatives from Kimberly Groff Consulting, The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts, and the University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center, visited Martha’s Vineyard for an in-person community tour and kickoff event with the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah).

In working with the WTGHA, Throwe will lead the development of a comprehensive climate resilience and financing strategy to help support the tribe in its efforts to become more resilient to the hazards posed by climate change and sea-level rise. The strategy will include a process of prioritizing climate actions, steps for implementation, and an exploration of sustainable long-term funding and financing options. The Project Team will also work to address key issues related to flooding, housing development, and cranberry bog restoration.

On October 26, 2021, the Throwe Environmental team joined staff members from the City of Newport’s Department of Planning and Economic Development, as well as more than a dozen community stakeholders, for a virtual project kickoff event.

Throwe’s project with the City of Newport will result in a prioritized list of actions, as well as steps for implementation and potential financing options, all in support of enhanced community climate resiliency. Throwe will coordinate with a workgroup of key City staff and stakeholders throughout the project to ensure community engagement and support. 

Both projects are supported through Throwe Environmental’s role as a core partner organization in the Southeast New England Project (SNEP) Network. The SNEP Network released its second Call For Participants in June 2021, and announced the list of communities awarded technical assistance in September 2021.

For more information on the WTGHA and Newport projects, please visit Follow Throwe Environmental on LinkedIn for regular project updates and announcements.