California AB 1482: Climate adaptation strategy

AB 1482 requires the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA), in coordination with the Strategic Growth Council, to oversee and coordinate state agency actions to adapt to climate change. The bill requires CNRA to update the state’s climate adaptation strategy (Safeguarding California), by July 1, 2017, and every three years thereafter. As part of the update, the CNRA will coordinate with other state agencies to identify the agency or agencies to lead adaptation efforts in each sector.

The updates to the plan are to include climate change vulnerabilities by sector and the priority actions needed to reduce risks, for at least the following sectors:

  • Water
  • Energy
  • Transportation
  • Public health
  • Agriculture
  • Emergency services
  • Forestry
  • Biodiversity and habitat
  • Ocean and coastal resources


To address the vulnerabilities as identified in the updated plan, state agencies are directed to fulfill the objectives of:

Educating the public about the consequences of climate change, such as sea-level rise, extreme weather events, the urban heat island effect, habitat loss, wildfire, drought, threats to infrastructure and agriculture, worsening air and water quality, and public health impacts.

Ensuring there is a continued repository for scientific data on climate change and climate adaptation in the state in order to facilitate educated state and local policy decisions and to help identify primary risks from climate change to residents, property, communities, and natural systems across the state.

Promoting the use of the plan to inform planning decisions and ensure that state investments consider climate change impacts, as well as promote the use of natural systems and natural infrastructure, when developing physical infrastructure to address adaptation.

When developing infrastructure to address adaptation, where feasible, a project alternative should be developed that utilizes existing natural features and ecosystem processes or the restoration of natural features and ecosystem processes to meet the project’s goals.

Encouraging regional collaborative planning efforts to address regional climate change impacts and adaptation strategies.

Promoting drought resiliency through an integrated water supply, delivery, and capture system that is coordinated and that can be resilient to a multiyear drought scenario while protecting water quality and the public health.


Finally, AB 1482 requires the Strategic Growth Council to review and comment on the state’s Five-Year Infrastructure Plan and the State Environmental Goals and Policy Report and coordinate alignment with the strategies and priorities in the Safeguarding California Plan.




Publication Date: October 8, 2015

Related Organizations:

  • State of California
  • California Natural Resources Agency


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