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Clean Water: Foundation of Healthy Communities and a Healthy Environment

April 27, 2011

This report compiles ongoing initiatives at four federal agencies in the Obama Administration to protect American water resources. The document summarizes programs of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Department of the Interior (DOI), and their partners, to preserve water quality and supply. The report describes new agency water resource initiatives, including updated draft guidance regarding Clean Water Act jurisdiction.

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SECURE Water Act Section 9503-Reclamation Climate Change and Water 2016

April 2011

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation developed this report in response to the SECURE Water Act of 2009 - outlining climate change impacts on water basins in the Southwestern U.S. The report provides comprehensive assessments of risk across each of Reclamation's major eight basins and summarizes hydrologic changes that would take place in response to projected climate change.

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Reclamation Climate Change and Water, Report to Congress, 2011

April 2011

This report is prepared in fulfillment of the requirements within section (§) 9503 of the SECURE Water Act and provides an assessment of climate change impacts on the quantity of water resources located in each major U.S. Bureau of Reclamation river basin. The eight river basins identified include the Colorado, Columbia, Klamath, Missouri, Upper Rio Grande and Pecos, Sacramento - San Joaquin, and the Truckee - Carson. 

Authors or Affiliated Users: Patty Alexander, Levi Brekke, Gary Davis, Subhrendu Gangopadhyay, Katrina Grantz, Charles Hennig, Carly Jerla, Dagmar Llewellyn, Paul Miller, Tom Pruitt, David A. Raff, Tom Scott, Michael Tansey, Toni Turner

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Coming Together for Clean Water: EPA's Strategy for Achieving Clean Water

March 2011

This strategy describes the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plans to address the most critical stressors and threats to America's water resources. The report summarizes the challenges faced by EPA in protecting America's water resources, including threats to human and aquatic ecosystem health, climate change impacts, infrastructure needs, and population increase. The strategy outlines the challenges that were discussed at the 2010 Coming Together for Clean Water forum, describes the public participation process, and highlights the EPA’s priorities for achieving clean water goals.

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The Last Drop: Climate Change and the Southwest Water Crisis

February 2011

The Last Drop describes the current and projected future water-related challenges facing the Southwest region of the U.S. In particular, the present and future water demands of the agricultural and water sectors are examined, as well as how those demands will be affected by even minor changes in current climate variables.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Frank Ackerman, Elizabeth A. Stanton

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The Value of Green Infrastructure: A Guide to Recognizing Its Economic, Environmental and Social Benefits

January 21, 2011

From the Center for Neighborhood Technology, this guide outlines a framework for measuring and valuing the ecological, economic and social benefits of green infrastructure (GI). The value of Green Roofs, Tree Planting, Bioretention and Infiltration, Permeable Pavement, and Water Harvesting practices are detailed. The goals of the report are to inform decision-makers and planners about the multiple benefits green infrastructure offers communities; and to guide communities in quantifying the benefits of green infrastructure investments.

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Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework

January 15, 2011

A result of funding from passage of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Act in 2008, the Minnesota state legislature directed the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center to construct a 25-year water sustainability framework that describes the primary issues that must be addressed to achieve sustainable water use and recommendations for what the state should do to address those issues.

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Improving Drought Preparedness in the West

January 2011

The Western Governors' Association and Western States Water Council convened a series of workshops to engage constituents in evaluating progress in drought preparedness. The workshops brought together end-users of drought information from a variety of sectors, including agriculture, energy, navigation, water supply, cultural resources, and the environment.   Attendees included representatives of states, federal agencies, tribes, local governments, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.

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Direct Potable Reuse: A Path Forward

2011

This report identifies the information and research needed to provide a basis for the feasibility of direct potable reuse (DPR), which is the introduction of purified water into a water supply distribution system or the raw water supply immediately upstream of a water treatment plant. Topics discussed include issues regarding public acceptance, engineering, economics, and regulations. Although the background information on DPR and the needed research identified in this report are applicable across the country and throughout the world, the primary focus is on providing information so that the feasibility of DPR can be evaluated in California.

Authors or Affiliated Users: George Tchobanoglous, Harold Leverenz, Margaret H. Nellor, James Crook

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The Future of Research on Climate Change Impacts on Water

2011

The outcome of a workshop between federal agencies and water industry professionals, this document identifies research needs and decision support tools to help practitioners develop climate change adaptation strategies for water supply, wastewater, and stormwater management. The report summarizes the research and decision tools needed to help develop strategies to adapt the water sector for current and future climate change impacts.

Author or Affiliated User: Robert S. Raucher

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