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EPA 2016 Workplan: National Water Program Response to Climate Change

April 2016

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Water Program Workplan describes the actions that the National Water Program was planning to take in 2016 to implement the National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change.  The 2012 Strategy describes long-term goals for the EPA’s management of sustainable water resources under the impacts of climate change. The EPA states that the Workplan is intended to be a roadmap to guide program planning and inform decision-makers during the Agency’s planning and budgeting process.

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EPA Drought Response and Recovery Guide for Water Utilities

March 10, 2016

This guide from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides practical solutions to help drinking water utilities respond to and recover from drought -  although it is not intended to serve as regulatory guidance. The interactive, user-friendly guide provides worksheets, best practices, videos and key resources for managing drought emergencies and building long-term resilience. It also relays lessons learned and case studies for seven small- to medium-sized utilities nationwide that have faced extreme drought conditions.

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Delaware Wastewater and Surface Water Matching Planning Grant

February 22, 2016

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's Division of Watershed Stewardship and Environmental Finance are now accepting project proposals from state, county and municipal governments and governmental subdivisions for matching grants for wastewater and surface water project planning. Grants are revolving and proposals are due approximately the last week of February, May, August, and November.

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Policy Platform of the Healthy Headwaters Alliance - Federal Policy Opportunities

February 2016

This Policy Platform outlines actionable strategies for federal agencies that can be implemented immediately to protect and restore the watersheds of the western U. S. The policy recommendations were developed by Carpe Diem West’s Healthy Headwaters Alliance, offering near-term policy solutions for the long-term resilience of forested headwaters for water supply. Forested watershed and source water protection is critical for climate resiliency. Watersheds filter pollutants, control erosion, regulate temperature, attenuate floods, and buffer human activities from drinking water resources.

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California Drought Contingency Plan

January 15, 2016

The 2016 California Drought Contingency Plan (DCP), released by the Department of Water Resources, outlines potential Central Valley Project (CVP) and State Water Project (SWP) contractors water operations for February through November 2016. The DCP is a planning and implementation document that identifies strategies and actions state agencies should take to prepare for and respond to future droughts or other water shortage events. This state report demonstrates that conservation and preparedness will be essential to future water management in California.

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California Water Action Plan - 2016 Update

January 14, 2016

In response to an extended and extreme period of drought across the state, the California Water Action Plan was first released by the administration of Governor Brown in January 2014 to provide a framework for implementing sustainable water management practices over five years (2014‐2019). The actions described in the plan will support sustainable water management in California by providing a more reliable water supply for farms and communities, restoring important wildlife habitat and species, and helping the state’s water systems and environment become more resilient to climate change.

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California SB 758 - Atmospheric Rivers: Research, Mitigation, and Climate Forecasting Program

October 9, 2015

California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 758 into law in October 2015, establishing the Atmospheric Rivers: Research, Mitigation, and Climate Forecasting Program in the Department of Water Resources (DWR). Led by DWR and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego (UCSD) the research aims to better manage water supply by expanding climate and weather research focused on the causes of drought and flood.   The legislation supports research in climate forecasting and the causes and impacts that climate change has on atmospheric rivers, to operate reservoirs in a manner that improves flood protection in the state, and to reoperate flood control and water storage facilities to capture water generated by atmospheric rivers.

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Colorado Water Conservation Board Drought Planning Toolbox

The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) Drought Planning Toolbox is designed to assist water users and local planners across the state in resiliency planning and response to drought.

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AMWA Resilience and Climate Adaptation Website

July 7, 2015

Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) is an association of the largest publicly owned drinking water systems in the United States. This climate change focused website provides high impact reports from government and utility associations, links to recent climate-water news items, and descriptions of related AMWA activities to provide up-to-date information to members.

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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.

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