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Western States Federal Agency Support Team (WestFAST)

The Western States Federal Agency Support Team (WestFAST) is a collaboration between 12 Federal agencies with water management responsibilities in the West (Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, , U. S. Geological Survey, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U. S. Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, U. S. Department of Defense, U. S. Dept. of Energy, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration).




Western States Water Council (WSWC)

The Western States Water Council is an organization consisting of representatives appointed by the governors of 18 western states. Since its creation, through adoption of a resolution at the Western Governors' Conference in 1965, the Council has striven to fulfill its chartered purposes. The purposes of the Council are: (1) to accomplish effective cooperation among western states in the conservation, development and management of water resources; (2) to maintain vital state prerogatives, while identifying ways to accommodate legitimate federal interests; (3) to provide a forum for the exchange of views, perspectives, and experiences among member states; and (4) to provide analysis of federal and state developments in order to assist member states in evaluating impacts of federal laws and programs and the effectiveness of state laws and policies.




Western Water Assessment (WWA) - RISA

Using multidisciplinary teams of experts in climate, water, law, and economics, the Western Water Assessment (WWA) provides information about regional vulnerabilities to climate variability and change, and develops information, products and processes to assist water-resource decision-makers throughout the Intermountain West.




Wetlands Watch

Wetlands Watch, based in Norfolk, VA, focuses on protecting wetlands statewide in Virginia. Wetlands Watch approaches this through both top-down approaches and grassroots activism. Related to climate adaptation, Wetlands Watch is working to implement adaptation strategies that address the risk of sea level rise to Virginia's coastal wetlands. 

Wetlands Watch created a Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Guide to help Virginia municipalities prepare for the impacts of sea-level rise, along with offering other resources and tools.




White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)

The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) coordinates Federal environmental efforts and works closely with agencies and other White House offices in the development of environmental policies and initiatives. CEQ was established within the Executive Office of the President by Congress as part of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and additional responsibilities were provided by the Environmental Quality Improvement Act of 1970. .




Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide, through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Their work began in the early 1900's when they successfully helped the American bison recover on the Western Plains. Today, WCS protects many of the world's iconic creatures here and abroad, including gorillas in the Congo, tigers in India, and wolverines in the Yellowstone Rockies.




Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium (BAECCC)

The Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium (BAECCC) identifies and addresses climate change impacts on ecosystems using science to inform adaptive management for long-term ecological and economic benefits.  The Consortium consists of Federal, state and non-governmental research, management and planning agencies in the San Francisco region.




Bipartisan Policy Center

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is a non-profit organization that seeks to encourage civil, respectable political discourse between the political parties. As the only Washington, DC-based think tank that actively promotes bipartisanship, the BPC works to address the key challenges facing the nation. BPC policy solutions are the product of informed deliberations by former elected and appointed officials, business and labor leaders, and academics and advocates who represent both ends of the political spectrum.




California Department of Water Resources

The mission of the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is to manage the water resources of California in cooperation with other agencies, to benefit the State's people, and to protect, restore, and enhance the natural and human environments. DWR's responsibilities and duties include preventing and responding to floods, droughts, and catastrophic events; informing and educating the public on water issues; and planning for future water needs, climate change impacts, and flood protection - among other climate change related concerns.




California Dept. of Fish and Game Climate Science Program

The California Department of Fish and Game's (DFG’s) mission is 'to manage California’s diverse fish, wildlife, and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend, for their ecological values and their use and enjoyment by the public. ' The Climate Science Program was created in 2008 as part of the Climate Science and Renewable Energy Branch to help the Department address climate change, in support of this mission. The Program is designed to minimize the negative effects of climate change through the development of adaptation and mitigation measures, policies, and practices that provide clear benefits to the state’s fish, wildlife, and terrestrial and marine ecosystems.