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National Report: Responding to National Water Resources Challenges

August 2010

Produced by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), this report presents the results of the two-year "Building Strong Collaborative Relationships for a Sustainable Water Resources Future" project, which was designed to improve water management through more effective collaboration between state, interstate and Federal water resources agencies.  The report aims to support the engagement of senior government leaders and develop a way for the federal government and its agencies to respond to the identified water resources needs.

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Arizona Water Meter - A Comparison of Water Conservation Programs in 15 Arizona Communities

October 2010

In response to climate change and other factors that increase competition and reduce availability of water in Arizona, Western Resource Advocates' Arizona Water Meter report highlights the water conservation programs of 15 diverse Arizona communities and evaluates their programs by seven important water conservation criteria: 1) minimizing per capita water use; 2) water rate structures that encourage wise water use; 3) community-based water conservation programs; 4) conservation ordinances; 5) funding for conservation programs; 6) stemming system water loss; and 7) effluent reuse.

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Charting New Waters: A Call to Action to Address U.S. Freshwater Challenges

September 2010

Based upon freshwater forums in the proceeding year, The Johnson Foundation Freshwater Summit was held June 9, 2010, at which leaders from business, non-governmental organizations, agriculture, academia, government, foundations and communities convened to develop a set of consensus recommendations to address U.S. freshwater challenges.

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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments: A Review of Water Utility Practices

August 2010

The study describes the activities of eight water utilities who have conducted climate vulnerability assessments: East Bay Municipal Utility District (CA), City of Boulder Utilities Division (CO), Denver Water (CO), Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Portland Water Bureau (OR), Lower Colorado River Authority (CO), and Seattle Public Utilities (WA). This report provides a review of best practices in this emerging effort across the industry for the purpose of informing utilities considering engaging in this issue about the various methods used by their peers.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Joel B. Smith, Jason M. Vogel

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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.

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

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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.

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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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.

Author or Affiliated User: Marc Landy

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Adaptations to Sustain High-Quality Freshwater Supplies in Response to Climate Change

June 2010

This issue brief recommends a number of actions to help create a policy environment that encourages adaptive responses in times of hydrological uncertainty.   Policy recommendations include, for example, increasing redundancy among natural and built freshwater systems to provide higher levels of functional resiliency; linking regional and national levels of data collection and modeling of hurricanes, floods, and droughts to improve long-term forecasts and proactive, adaptive responses; and additional coordination of federal and state agencies to enhance adaptive responses through long-term strategic planning of shared solutions to water scarcity.

Author or Affiliated User: Alan P. Covich

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Climate Change, Water, and Risk: Current Water Demands Are Not Sustainable

July 2010

This report summarizes the results of an analysis performed by consulting firm Tetra Tech for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in 2010, examining the effects of global warming on water supply and demand in the contiguous United States. 

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Trends in Extreme Precipitation Events for the Northeastern United States 1948-2007

March 2010

Based on the number and frequency of extreme precipitation events since the release of their 2005 report, entitled "Indicators of Climate Change in the Northeast," the authors sought to update information for this particular indicator in the Northeast, and apply more rigorous analysis to better enable local communities to take appropriate actions.

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