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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. 

Related Organizations: American Rivers, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Fay Augustyn, Ben Chou

Resource Category: Planning

 

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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.

Related Organizations: California Department of Water Resources

Resource Category: Planning

 

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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.

Related Organizations: California Department of Food and Agriculture, California Natural Resources Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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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.

Related Organizations: Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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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.

Related Organizations: State of California, Scripps Institution of Oceanography , California Department of Water Resources

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Clean Water Optimization Tool - Chesapeake Bay, Maryland

April 27, 2015

The Clean Water Optimization Tool is a planning tool for Maryland Eastern Shore communities to develop more cost-effective strategies for reducing stormwater pollution to meet nutrient and sediment reduction goals.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2015

March 31, 2015

Under the New York State (NYS) 2015 - 2016 budget agreement approved on March 31, 2015 by the state legislature and Governor Cuomo’s administration, $200 million will be allocated to the NYS Water Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2015 to assist municipalities in funding water quality infrastructure projects - some of which is earmarked for sea level rise resiliency projects. 

Related Organizations: New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, New York State Department of Health

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Variable Infiltration Capacity Model (VIC)

November 19, 2014

Variable Infiltration Capacity Model (VIC) is a macro scale, semi-distributed hydrologic model that solves full water and energy balances, originally developed by Xu Liang at the University of Washington. VIC is a research model and in its various forms it has been applied to most of the major river basins around the world, as well as being applied globally. 

Related Organizations: University of Washington

Author or Affiliated User: Xu Liang

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Climate Change in Colorado: A Synthesis to Support Water Resources Management and Adaptation (2014)

August 2014

The Climate Change in Colorado report is a synthesis of climate science relevant for management and planning for Colorado’s water resources. It focuses on observed climate trends, climate modeling, and projections of temperature, precipitation, snowpack, and streamflow. The 2014 report is a thorough revision and expansion of the 2008 report of the same name, also produced by the Western Water Assessment in partnership with the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB).

Related Organizations: Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), Western Water Assessment (WWA) - RISA

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Connecticut Public Act 14-163: An Act Concerning the Responsibilities of the Water Planning Council

July 1, 2014

Connecticut Public Act 14-163 directs the Connecticut Water Planning Council to engage in a three year process for writing a comprehensive statewide water plan for the management of water resources in the state. This plan will identify quantities and qualities of water available, present and projected demands for water resources, appropriate regions in the state for comprehensive water planning, and will establish guidelines and incentives for consumer water conservation, taking into account energy efficiency.

Related Organizations: Connecticut Water Planning Council

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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