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Tucson, Arizona Rebates for Curb Cuts to Harvest Rainwater

July 2015

In Tucson, curb cuts can reduce flooding on streets and capture water for irrigation in the arid region. Tucson began offering water harvesting rebates for the installation of curb cuts, openings created in the curb to allow stormwater from the street to flow into water-harvesting basins. Curb cuts are used to reduce the amount of stormwater flowing down the street, often diverting that water into basins to irrigate vegetation. The Tucson City Council voted in November 2014 to expand the city’s rainwater harvesting rebate program to provide rebates for curb cut installation.

Related Organizations: City of Tucson, Arizona, City of Tucson, Water Department, Tucson Water

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Colorado Water Plan

2015

The Colorado Water Plan is an adaptive water management framework for the state created by the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), in collaboration with Colorado’s nine Basin Roundtables.  Colorado is facing increased demand and stress on its water supply - as its population is projected to double by 2050, while climate impacts such as higher temperatures, wide precipitation variability, and earlier and faster spring runoff are occurring across the state. The Colorado Water Plan aims to establish a path toward sustainable water security for the state while balancing the needs of communities and cities, the economy, agriculture, the recreation industry, and the environment.

Related Organizations: Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB)

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Caltrans Water Conservation Measures in Highway Landscaping

2014

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is using a variety of new materials and techniques to address drought conditions by reducing or eliminating water use on roadside landscaping.   New roadside landscaping projects may utilize recycled water, native grasses and plants that require little or no watering, innovative water collection techniques, and smart irrigation controls. Caltrans’ new water conservation efforts are designed to help meet or exceed state water use reduction goals and address growing water scarcity.

Related Organizations: California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

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National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act of 2013 (HR 2431)

March 6, 2014

On March 6, 2014, President Obama signed a bipartisan law to renew federal support for the National Integrated Drought Information System - a drought program that seeks to reduce financial and environmental risks posed by sustained drought by providing forecasts and support to vulnerable communities. The legislation easily passed through Congress, with a 356-21 vote in the House and passing via unanimous consent in the Senate. The law would extend the program until 2018.

Related Organizations: The White House, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Planning and Drought

January 2014

“Planning and Drought” (PAS Report No. 574) presents best practices and case studies in drought planning.   The report offers a comprehensive guide for citizens, planners, and communities to explore what drought is, how to track it, its impacts, and how planners and communities can prepare to mitigate its effects. This publication is the result of a partnership between the American Planning Association (APA), the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS).

Related Organizations: National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), University of Nebraska, American Planning Association (APA)

Authors or Affiliated Users: James Schwab, Jeff Brislawn, Marilyn Hall, Cody Knutson, Marsha Prillwitz, Kelly Redmond, Mark Svoboda

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National Drought Resilience Partnership

November 15, 2013

In November 2013 the Obama Administration announced a new partnership between seven Federal agencies to help communities better prepare for drought, through both drought assistance and preparedness planning. The interagency National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP) was established as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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Pure Water San Diego - Potable Water Reuse Program

2013

Pure Water San Diego, is the City of San Diego, California’s phased, multi-year sustainability program that intends to provide one-third of San Diego's water supply locally by 2035. The Pure Water Program will use proven water purification technology to clean recycled water to produce safe, high-quality drinking water. Environmental stressors and climate change impacts, such as ongoing drought in the Colorado River Basin, and reduced snowpack and runoff in Northern California have decreased the availability of local water supplies, and San Diego has turned to investing in adaptive alternatives.

Related Organizations: City of San Diego, California

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Innovative Approaches for Adapting to Water Variability in the West

May 2012

This brief reviews three approaches that communities are pursuing to adapt to climate change:

  • New Mexico's Active Water Resource Management program, which put rules into place that allow for temporary water use changes in real time in case of drought.
  • The Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA), which was founded by water managers concerned by a gap in climate assessment and adaptation science needed to support their decisions.
  • Colorado's Joint Front Range Climate Change Vulnerability Study, which brings together the state and water utilities to assess climate change's impact on local water availability.

Author or Affiliated User: Sarah Cottrell Propst

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Analysis of Drought Impacts on Electricity Production in the Western and Texas Interconnections of the United States

December 2011

This study, produced by the Environmental Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory, analyzes the potential impact of drought on electricity generation within the western and Texas interconnections.  The report examines how electricity generation relies heavily on water resources and their availability, and illustrates the interdependence of energy and water in the electricity context. 

Related Organizations: Department of Energy

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State of Illinois Drought Preparedness and Response Plan

October 12, 2011

The State Water Task Force is an interagency group that was assembled in 1980 to guide policy decisions related to water issues, and to prepare a State Water Plan for Illinois.  The Task Force updates Illinois’ 1983 Drought Contingency Plan with this Drought Preparedness and Response Plan - continuing to provide local and state officials and the public with information on water supply issues, and key considerations for drought preparedness. This plan was developed from pilot regional water supply assessments and planning projects.

Related Organizations: Illinois State Water Plan Task Force

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