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Climate Adaptation and Watershed Transboundary Governance Institutions

June 2010

Because the physical circumstances determining water quality and quantity occur on a watershed level, a watershed-wide approach has become all the more imperative when the myriad effects of climate change on water quantity and quality are added to the equation. This policy brief investigates Watershed Transboundary Governing Institutions (TGIs) in order to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the different institutional approaches, governance designs and policies instruments they employ and to recommend which of these approaches, designs and practices should be incorporated in future efforts to manage watersheds.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Author or Affiliated User: Marc Landy

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future: 2010 Progress Report

June 2010

This report from the Western Governor's Association, along with the 2006 report, "Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future," and the 2008 report, "Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future: Next Steps" includes consensus recommendations to promote the cooperation between western states and federal, local, and private sector partners in addressing the challenges of over-appropriated watersheds, population growth, land use changes, water needs for in-stream uses, and water supply and water management strategies.

Related Organizations: Western States Water Council (WSWC), Western Governors' Association (WGA)

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Water, Climate Change, and Forests: Watershed Stewardship for a Changing Climate

June 2010

From the U. S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, this report describes the critical role of forests in protecting watersheds from the impacts of climate change. The report details the pressures on forests, including growing human populations and problems posed by climate change, from warmer temperatures to invasive species. Climate adaptation strategies are discussed for forest and watershed management, many in the context of hydrological impacts, engagement and collaboration, and ecosystem restoration.

Related Organizations: USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station

Authors or Affiliated Users: Michael J. Furniss, Brian P. Staab, Sherry Hazelhurst, Caty F. Clifton, Ken B. Roby, Bonnie L. Ilhardt, Elizabeth B. Larry, Albert H. Todd, Leslie M. Reid, Sarah J. Hines, Karen A. Bennett, Charlie H. Luce, Pamela J. Edwards

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Regulatory Aspects of Direct Potable Reuse in California

April 2010

This paper, prepared for the National Water Research Institute, discusses the growing water demand in California and the need to implement new strategies to satisfy it, with a focus on direct potable use of water. The purpose of this paper is to identify issues that would need to be addressed by regulatory agencies and utilities in California interested in pursuing direct potable reuse as a viable option in the future.

Related Organizations: National Water Research Institute

Author or Affiliated User: James Crook

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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WestFAST Agencies Water-Climate Change Program Inventory

April 2010

The Western States Federal Agency Support Team (WestFAST) conducted an inventory of the current water science and water management climate change activities of its member agencies. The purpose of this inventory is to share information on Federal climate change programs that are relevant to western water managers to facilitate closer coordination between Federal agencies and State water scientists and managers.

Related Organizations: Western States Federal Agency Support Team (WestFAST)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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The Implications of Climate Change on Water

2010

This document summarizes some of the key messages from the 2009 United Nations World Water Development Report, outlining the relationships between climate change and water resources, and the potential climate impacts on the availability of water and the control of water extremes. 

Related Organizations: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Decision Support Planning Methods: Incorporating Climate Change Uncertainties into Water Planning

January 2010

The Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA) developed this white paper to present multiple-outcome planning techniques to water utilities interested in incorporating climate change into their planning. Many water utilities currently are engaged in, or considering, vulnerability assessments and will be seeking guidance on how to incorporate the large range of new information into their planning. This white paper is intended to guide those wanting to move forward with the adaptation process.

Related Organizations: Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Options for Improving Climate Modeling to Assist Water Utility Planning for Climate Change

December 2009

This report, which was commissioned by the Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA), considers how federal investments in the science of climate change, and in particular climate modeling, can best be directed to help improve the quality of  research so that it may be more useful to water utilities and other possible users in adapting to climate change.   It explains how climate models work, describes how some WUCA members have used climate models and downscaling to assess impacts on their systems and develop adaptation options, and makes seven initial recommendations for how climate modeling and downscaling techniques can be improved so that these tools and techniques can be more useful for the water sector.

Related Organizations: Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA), Iowa State University Climate Science Initiative, Western Water Assessment (WWA) - RISA, Stratus Consulting

Authors or Affiliated Users: Joseph Barsugli, Chris Anderson, Joel B. Smith, Jason M. Vogel

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Climate Change Impacts on Water Supply and Agricultural Water Management in California's Western San Joaquin Valley, and Potential Adaptation Strategies - Final Report

August 2009

Based on an application of the Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) system developed for the Sacramento River basin and Delta export region of the San Joaquin Valley, this report by the California Climate Change Center provides an assessment of climate change impacts and potential adaptation strategies for the region.

Related Organizations: California Climate Change Center (CCCC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Brian Joyce, Vishal Mehta, David Purkey, Larry Dale, Michael Hanemann

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Emerging Climate Change Impacts on Freshwater Resources: A Perspective on Transformed Watersheds

June 2009

This report discusses the increasing effects of climate change on freshwater resources and ecosystem services. It focuses on types of socioeconomic and biotic adaptations, and provides an overview of direct and cumulative impacts.   Perspectives on adaptive responses are offered, and the results of five case studies are included which demonstrate regional adaptation measures. The series of case studies - from Massachusetts, New York, Georgia, Florida, Colorado, and California - are used to illustrate ecosystem services that are able to adapt to to extreme variations in precipitation.

Related Organizations: Resources for the Future (RFF)

Author or Affiliated User: Alan P. Covich

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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