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Bureau of Reclamation - Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study

December 2012

The U. S. Bureau of Reclamation's Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study (2010 - 2012) was focused on defining current and future imbalances between water supply and demand in the Colorado River Basin and surrounding areas, with plans to develop and analyze adaptation and mitigation strategies in an effort to resolve these imbalances.  The Study recognizes that climate change and future climate variability will introduce uncertainty into water supply analysis. Its researchers developed their scenarios to account for this uncertainty.

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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.

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Ready or Not: An Evaluation of State Climate and Water Preparedness Planning

April 2012

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has evaluated how each state in the U.S. is preparing for water related climate impacts, and shares the results in this comprehensive report.  The findings differentiate the best prepared and most engaged states on climate change preparedness issues from those that are largely unprepared and "lagging behind."

Authors or Affiliated Users: Ben Chou, Jenna Schroeder

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Development of an Adaptation Toolbox to Protect Southeast Florida Water Supplies from Climate Change

October 14, 2011

This project was performed to create a toolbox of options that southeast Florida utilities could pursue to meet water management needs, as well as the toolbox may have wider application to other coastal communities. This paper creates the connection between sustainable water supplies and Everglades restoration, outlines potential effects of sea level rise scenarios for coastal southeast Florida, and provides the toolbox of adaptation options for water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities.   Also included are milestones to trigger infrastructure investments, as climate changes may occur more rapidly or more slowly than currently projected.

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

Resource Category: Planning

 

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National Action Plan - Priorities for Managing Freshwater Resources in a Changing Climate

October 2011

In October 2010, the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force published a Progress Report to the President describing Federal agency actions needed to better prepare the Nation to respond to the impacts of a changing climate. The Progress Report directed the Task Force’s Water Resources and Climate Change Adaptation Workgroup to lead the development of a national action plan to identify steps that Federal agencies can take to improve management of freshwater resources in a changing climate.

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Adapting to Climate Change: The Potential Role of State Common-Law Public Trust Doctrines

September 17, 2011

This article from the Vermont Law Review demonstrates that water law can provide a legal mechanism for climate change adaptation. Specifically, the article agues that within water law, state public trust doctrines can provide legal support for climate change adaptation regimes.

Author or Affiliated User: Robert Kundis Craig

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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EPA National Lakes Assessment

2012

During the summer of 2012, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), states, tribes and other partners conducted the second nationwide survey of the condition of the nation’s lakes. Designed to estimate the percentage of lakes that are in good, fair, or poor condition, the National Lakes Assessment (NLA) serves as a scientific report card on America’s lakes. It examines ecological, water quality, and recreational indicators, and assesses how widespread key stressors (such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and acidification) are across the country.

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The Unusual Nature of Recent Snowpack Declines in the North American Cordillera

June 9, 2011

This report from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) analyzes late-20th century snowpack reductions data to support findings that snowpack in the Western regions of North America has been declining since 1950. The data suggests that snowpack declines in the Rocky Mountains over the last 30 years are unusual compared to the past few centuries.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Greg Pederson, Stephen Gray, Connie Woodhouse, Lisa Graumlich, Daniel B. Fagre, Julio Betancourt, Jeremy Littell, Brian Luckman, Emma Watson, Dave Meko, Troy Knight

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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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