EPA Climate Change and Water Website

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Water Climate Change page provides links to resources that can be used to learn more about current climate-related activities within the agency and beyond. One key document provided on the site is the National Water Program Strategy: Response to Climate Change which provides an overview of the likely effects of climate change on water resources and the nation's clean water and safe drinking water programs. Links to newsletters, meeting calendar, and other climate information from EPA are provided.

The page addresses four main topics:

  1. Climate Ready Estuaries (CRE)
  2. Climate Ready Water Utilities (CWRU)
  3. Sustainable Infrastructure
  4. Green Infrastructure

The page provides detailed background information, a "how to" section, related resources, and case studies for each of the four main topics.

The Green Infrastructure topic is further divided into pages offering case studies, tools, and related resources. These pages describe the benefits of green infrastructure in relation to water resources and climate resiliency, focusing on its ability to do the following:

  • Manage flooding,
  • Prepare for drought,
  • Reduce urban heat islands,
  • Lower building energy demands,
  • Reduce energy needed for water management, and
  • Protect the coast.

The page offers information and access to the Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT), developed through EPA's CWRU. Also accessible is the Risk-Based Adaptation Plan Workbook produced by EPA's CRE.

 In order to maintain access to this website, we are linking to an archived version of the website saved on January 18, 2017. The original link can be found here: https://www.epa.gov/climate-change-water-sector 


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