The Leadership in Community Resilience project will help South Bend assess the extent to which urban forest and other green infrastructure can be developed to help manage stormwater, urban heat, and improve neighborhood quality. By first updating the city's outdated tree inventory, we will help staff gain a better understanding of how much has been lost to the ash borer.
Threats and Hazards
State of Indiana natural hazards include thunderstorms, flash flooding, and ice storms. According to the National Climate Assessment, Average regional temperatures have increased by 1.5 F between 1895-2012. Additional changes to the climate "will tend to amplify existing risks climate poses to people, ecosystems, and infrastructure. Direct effects will include increased heat stress, flooding, drought, and late spring freezes." The regional tree canopy has recently been devastated by the emerald ash bore, increasing both heat island and stormwater runoff. Finally, aging and inadequate infrastructure has also caused the city to enter into a consent decree with the EPA regarding their combined sewer overflow.