Dillon Consulting Limited completed a Community Climate Change Impact Study for the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory Reserve located west of Deseronto on the shores of Lake Ontario. The main project objectives included: identifying infrastructure and community service vulnerabilities; building capacity within the community by engaging Elders and knowledgeable community members, educating youth and providing training/employment opportunities for community members where possible; and, addressing the identified vulnerabilities through appropriate planning. The project included a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and a Climate Change Adaptation Plan.
The Engineering Protocol for Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation to a Changing Climate by the Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC) as well as localized climate projects for the area were applied to complete the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment. The Adaptation Plan summarizes the process used to prioritize options and to develop adaptation recommendations to lessen current or potential climate impacts on community infrastructure components, including community services.