Implementing the National Water Program Strategy: Response to Climate Change

This report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) summarizes the efforts made by each of the Regions in response to climate change in the years 2007 through 2009. It describes each Region's activities and strategy, including improvement of energy and water efficiency and educational efforts.

The report describes progress in addressing climate change and water issues through both adaptation and mitigation. The Regions undertook a wide variety of climate change initiatives, including participation in pilot projects for EPA's Climate Ready Estuaries Initiatives. Regions addressed climate change internally through seminars and trainings, while also conducting outreach through workshops and provision of educational materials. A common theme among the Regions was research into and promotion of sustainable water infrastructure and green infrastructure to protect water supply and quality.

The following are examples of other projects:

  • Regions 2 and 3 collaborated with other stakeholders to develop and implement a methodology to identify and value ecological impacts of sea-level rise on the New Jersey portion of the Delaware Estuary.
  • Region 7 partnered with state and federal organizations to develop a pilot program for an integrated drainage and wetland landscape system.
  • Region 9 promoted green infrastructure practices through Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permits and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.

The report also describes progress in Large Aquatic Ecosystems (LAEs), large geographic areas comprised of multiple small watersheds and water resources. The following LAE programs are administered by EPA and conduct long-term planning and management, including addressing climate change impacts: 

  • Chesapeake Bay
  • Columbia River Basin
  • Great Lakes
  • Gulf of Mexico
  • Lake Champlain
  • Long Island Sound
  • Puget Sound-Georgia Basin
  • South Florida
  • San Francisco
  • Pacific Islands



Publication Date: February 2010

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