2008 National Water Program Strategy: Response to Climate Change

Developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this national strategy describes over 40 specific actions the National Water Program intends to take to adapt program implementation to regard climate change. Goals for the Program are outlined in five areas: greenhouse gas mitigation, climate change adaptation, climate change research related to water, water program education, and water program management. Each of these five goals is supported by a series of objectives and actions that the National Water Program will implement in cooperation with partners.

The strategy provides an overview of the likely effects of climate change on U.S. water resources and the nation's clean water and safe drinking water programs. Specific impacts discussed include: air and water temperature increases; rainfall and snowfall levels and distribution; storm intensity; sea level rise; changes in ocean characteristics; and changes in energy generation.

The report following, "Implementing the National Water Program Strategy: Response to Climate Change - Progress Report for 2009" describes activities undertaken by EPA Headquarters program offices and EPA Regions during 2009 to meet the commitments made in this 2008 Strategy. The report, "2010-2011 Update of the 2008 National Water Program Strategy" is also now available; describing the key actions that are continuing to be implemented in this period.




Publication Date: September 2008

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