SECURE Water Act Section 9503-Reclamation Climate Change and Water 2016

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation developed this report in response to the SECURE Water Act of 2009 - outlining climate change impacts on water basins in the Southwestern U.S. The report provides comprehensive assessments of risk across each of Reclamation's major eight basins and summarizes hydrologic changes that would take place in response to projected climate change.

Chapter 1 of the report provides a west-wide perspective on projected climate and hydrologic changes, integrating information from all other chapters of the report, including identification of key climate-related risks, adaptation strategies, and collaboration efforts across federal and state resource agencies. Chapters 3 through 10 of the report provide basin-specific discussions of each major Reclamation basin identified within the SECURE Water Act including the basin setting, basin specific coordination, historical climate, historical hydrology, projected future climate and hydrology, and implications for various water and environmental resources.

The Bureau's first report responding to the SECURE Water Act of 2009 was published in 2011; this 2016 report builds on the 2011 report.

Publication Date: April 2011

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