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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.

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Assessing the Risk of 100-Year Freshwater Floods in the Lamprey River Watershed of New Hampshire Resulting from Changes in Climate and Land Use

2010

This NOAA funded project is assessing flood risk associated with existing and future land use and climate change scenarios for the Lamprey River watershed of Great Bay, New Hampshire to support land use decision-making. Key products include maps at the watershed and municipality scale of the 100-year flood risk boundaries and river discharge at specific locations under selected land use and climate change scenarios.

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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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. 

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Better Assessment Science Integrating point & Non-point Sources (BASINS)

BASINS (Better Assessment Science Integrating point and Non-point Sources) is a multipurpose environmental analysis system designed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help regions, states, and local agencies develop cost-effective approaches to watershed management and environmental protection.

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Letter Report Assessing the USGS National Water Quality Assessment Program's Science Framework

2010

The U. S. Geological Survey requested that the National Research Council review and provide guidance on the direction and priorities of the National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program. The Council put together a committee to provide an assessment of the NAWQA Program's Science Framework in terms of whether it sets forth adequately the priorities for the future which will be addressed in the third cycle of the program. The report recommends that activities in this cycle be organized around two drivers of stressed water supplies and related ecosystems: change in land use, and climate variability and change.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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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.

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

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Southeast Florida's Resilient Water Resources - Adaptation to Sea Level Rise and Other Impacts of Climate Change

November 15, 2009

This report examines how, and to what extent, sea-level rise and other climate change impacts are likely to influence Southeast Florida’s water supply, wastewater reuse alternatives, and ground and surface waters.   Engineering options and management strategies for enhancing the resilience of the region’s water systems are described in five areas: 1) conservation, 2) protection of existing sources, 3) development of alternative water sources, 4) reclamation and reuse of treated wastewater, and 5) storm water management.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Barry N. Heimlich, Frederick Bloetscher, Daniel E. Meeroff, James Murley

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Confronting Climate Change: An Early Analysis of Water and Wastewater Adaptation Costs

October 2009

This analysis is an economic assessment with three objectives: 1) To characterize the impacts of climate change on drinking water and wastewater services in the United States through 2050, based on greenhouse gas scenarios and regional projections of climate change effects; 2) To help policy makers and the water and wastewater sector begin to understand the challenges of ensuring that reliable water and wastewater services continue to be available in the face of a changing climate; and 3) To provide early cost estimates so that policies can be developed that address these challenges and planning by utilities can begin.

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Climate Change Impacts on Florida (with a specific look at groundwater impacts)

September 2009

This article discusses the impact of climate change on Florida's hydrologic cycle and groundwater.

Author or Affiliated User: Frederick Bloetscher

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Illinois SB 1489: Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act

June 30, 2009

The Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act required the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to adopt comprehensive storm water management rules that meet certain requirements by July 1, 2012. Beginning in 2010, the agency was required to: implement a storm water permit fee program adequate to support the adoption and implementation of State storm water regulations as required by the Act; establish a Statewide standard for storm water management programs in order to transition toward the use of green infrastructure as the predominant storm water management strategy; review its rules on the distribution of money from the Water Revolving Fund; and endeavor to establish new criteria which prioritize the use of green infrastructure in all projects involving storm water management and water efficiency.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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