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Proactive Flood and Drought Management: A Selection of Applied Strategies and Lessons Learned From Around the United States

August 2013

From the American Water Resources Association (AWRA), this report presents a collection of case studies on adaptive flood and drought management. The case studies selected exemplify creative management of multiple water resource goals, and the agencies responsible “have acted in a proactive manner to address the enormous societal problems droughts or floods inflict in their jurisdictions. ”  While drawn from the past, these case studies are useful today as they uniquely demonstrate collaborative solutions across multiple agencies and public policy objectives.

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Assessing the Vulnerability of Watersheds to Climate Change

July 2013

The US Forest Service (USFS) Watershed Vulnerability Assessment (WVA) project developed an approach to assessing the vulnerability of water resources in a watershed to projected climate-hydrologic changes. The WVA project was conducted by watershed and aquatic specialists from 11 National Forests across the country representing all nine Forest Service regions. Based on the lessons learned from the pilot projects, this summary report provides guidance on the process of conducting such an assessment, with supporting information for all the key stages of the process.

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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America's Water Risk: Water Stress and Climate Variability

February 2013

With the support of Veolia Water, this study was conducted by Columbia University’s Water Center, examining the nation's water supply, and how climate could affect vulnerability to short and long term droughts.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Daniel Shi, Naresh Devineni, Upmanu Lall, Edwin Piñero

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Getting Climate Smart: A Water Preparedness Guide for State Action

April 22, 2013

This state action guide was developed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and American Rivers to provide water managers and state governments with information to help comprehensively plan and prepare for the water-related impacts of climate change. The guide combines practical advice and real-world case studies while outlining a six-step planning process for state governments, water managers, and other stakeholders to develop and implement climate preparedness plans. 

Authors or Affiliated Users: Fay Augustyn, Ben Chou

Resource Category: Planning

 

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EPA Nonpoint Source Grant Program for States and Territories

April 12, 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Nonpoint Source Program (CFDA Number: 66.460) provides formula grants under section 319 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) for state and territory nonpoint source (NPS) management programs to minimize water pollution related to runoff from rain events or snow melt.

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Climate Ready Estuaries 2012 Progress Report

January 2013

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Climate Ready Estuaries (CRE) program supports climate change adaptation activities in the National Estuary Programs (NEPs) and the coastal management community. In 2008–2011, CRE sponsored 31 projects with 19 different NEPs. In 2012, CRE supported another 6  projects, including work with 4 new NEPs.

Resource Category: Monitoring and Reporting

 

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Permitting Green Infrastructure: A guide to improving municipal stormwater permits and protecting water quality

January 2013

Permitting Green Infrastructure provides information about sustainable and adaptive trends in stormwater permitting with examples of stormwater permits that encourage or require low impact development or green infrastructure. While useful to the professional community, the guide is intended to be a resource for community and watershed advocates. 

Author or Affiliated User: Jeffrey Odefey

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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BASINS (Better Assessment Science Integrating Point and Non-point Sources)

2013

BASINS is a multi-purpose environmental analysis system that integrates a geographical information system (GIS), national watershed data, and state-of-the-art environmental assessment and modeling tools into one tool. Developed for use by EPA, state, tribal, and local agencies, BASINS provides an integrated watershed assessment and modeling framework, and supports the analysis of point and non-point source management alternatives. The Climate Assessment Tool within BASINS assesses potential impacts of a changing climate on stream flows and pollutant loads.

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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State Wetland Climate Change Adaptation Summaries

2013

From the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM), this website provides a comprehensive review of climate change adaptation measures related to natural resources, plants and wildlife - with a specific emphasis on wetlands. An interactive map of the U.S. allows the user to select a state for more information on statewide planning, policy, and tools, along with associated web links. 

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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EPA's National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change

December 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Water Program (NWP) 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change sets out long-term goals and specific actions for the EPA to prepare for, and build resilience to, the impacts of a changing climate on water resources. The core programmatic elements of this strategy include: Infrastructure; Watersheds and Wetlands; Coastal and Ocean Waters; Protecting Water Quality; and Working with Tribes.

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