National Action Plan - Priorities for Managing Freshwater Resources in a Changing Climate

In October 2010, the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force published a Progress Report to the President describing Federal agency actions needed to better prepare the Nation to respond to the impacts of a changing climate. The Progress Report directed the Task Force’s Water Resources and Climate Change Adaptation Workgroup to lead the development of a national action plan to identify steps that Federal agencies can take to improve management of freshwater resources in a changing climate. This National Action Plan is a result of that directive. The actions and recommendations included in this National Action Plan are judged by the workgroup to be both a high priority today and achievable in the context of existing and foreseeable agency capacity. 24 recommended actions fall under six primary recommendation categories:

  • Establish a Planning Process
  • Improve Water Resources and Climate Change Information for Decisionmaking
  • Strengthen Assessment of Vulnerability of Water Resources to Climate Change
  • Expand Water Use Efficiency
  • Support Integrated Water Resources Management
  • Support Training and Outreach to Build Response Capability

For each supporting action, a lead agency or agencies are indicated with an implementation status. Additionally, Appendix C provides an overview of federal agency actions already in progress pertaining to climate change and water resources management. The plan is considered an initial step in planning for climate change risks to freshwater resources, and the authors indicate that the plan is expected to be evaluated, revised, and expanded in the years ahead.

Publication Date: October 2011

Related Organizations:

  • Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force


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  • Adaptation plan


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