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A Perspective on New Hampshire’s King Tides and Climate Change Outlook from a Hurricane Maria Responder

3S Artspace & NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup present:
A Perspective on New Hampshire’s King Tides
and Climate Change Outlook from a Hurricane Maria Responder
Wednesday, January 15
Doors 6:30pm / Event 7pm
Free and open to the public

Speaker: Thomas O’Donovan, P.E., Director, Water Division, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

In a poignant, storytelling style, Tom will share his experience responding to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in 2017. He will reflect on some of the expected and unexpected realities that people in Puerto Rico faced after the storm, from major road destruction to malfunctioning ATM machines, and what he faced as an emergency responder.

Tom will offer thoughts about how Puerto Rico’s experience in Hurricane Maria can be viewed by coastal New Hampshire, in the wake of the fall King Tides and as sea levels continue rising and exacerbating existing storm risk.

Tom’s talk will be followed by moderated Q&A with the audience.

Attendees are also invited to view the King Tide exhibit in the Lobby Gallery, featuring images documenting these extreme high tides in the Seacoast area.

There will be a cash bar during this event.

Image: "Dividing the Waves" by Jennifer Dubois


More on speaker Thomas O’Donovan:
With over 33 years of public service, in positions of increasing responsibility, Tom recently joined the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services as the Water Division Director. Tom has served worldwide as a commissioned officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers, as senior manager within the Department of Energy in the Northwest, and as a Project Director in the construction industry in the Middle East. Most recently, he helped with Hurricane Maria recovery in Puerto Rico as a responder. His career highlights include leadership of the largest hydropower, and most advanced regulatory District in the Corps, responsible for major strategic changes at the Bonneville Power Administration, and delivery of a $4 billion construction project with Louis Berger. His credentials include a Master’s in Civil Engineering, registration as a Professional Engineer and certification as Project Management Professional. He is married with two children, and both are engineers.


About the NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup:
The New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (NHCAW) is a collaboration of 20+ organizations working to ensure coastal watershed communities are resourceful, ready, and resilient to the impacts of extreme weather and long term climate change.