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Key Principles of Watershed Investment: Restoration Priorities

Carpe Diem West is a nonprofit dedicated to addressing “the profound challenge of increasing climate impacts on our water resources in the American West.” They developed this brief to offer an overview of watershed restoration initiatives in the western U.S. that demonstrate successful agency partnerships, investments, and climate adaptive and restoration projects for watershed resiliency - in order to support the creation of more actionable watershed investment plans.

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Sustainable Climate Change Adaptation in Indian Country

July 2017

Limited land and resource rights allocated to indigenous peoples in the United States create structural barriers that restrict many tribes’ ability to sustainably manage natural resources and adapt to climate change. This article reviews these barriers, and how land fragmentation and policies that hinder a tribe’s authority and control of natural resources restrict their capacity to manage climate change risks. After describing the history of political barriers for tribes, the report is primarily a case study of water rights and management at the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

Related Organizations: North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center

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Wind River Reservation: Drought Risk and Adaptation in the Interior Report

2017

From the North Central Climate Science Center, this report looks at the social-ecological vulnerabilities, risks, and response capacities of the Wind River Indian Reservation (WRIR) to drought. The Center's Drought Risk and Adaptation in the Interior project relies on social-ecological systems frameworks to understand adaptation initiatives in the north central region of the U. S. This report discusses the results of drought risk interviews with resource managers at WRIR, in order to inform drought preparedness planning and climate change adaptation efforts.

Related Organizations: North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center

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Policy Platform of the Healthy Headwaters Alliance - Federal Policy Opportunities

February 2016

This Policy Platform outlines actionable strategies for federal agencies that can be implemented immediately to protect and restore the watersheds of the western U. S. The policy recommendations were developed by Carpe Diem West’s Healthy Headwaters Alliance, offering near-term policy solutions for the long-term resilience of forested headwaters for water supply. Forested watershed and source water protection is critical for climate resiliency. Watersheds filter pollutants, control erosion, regulate temperature, attenuate floods, and buffer human activities from drinking water resources.

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Ecological Implications of Climate Change on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

April 9, 2015

Yellowstone Science is a publication devoted to Yellowstone's natural and cultural resources - that features research on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). This issue of Yellowstone Science is dedicated to climate change research in the park and surrounding area, and relays current findings of regional impacts due to changes in climate.

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West Wide Wildfire Risk Assessment

2013

The Council of Western State Foresters and the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition (WFLC) developed a wildfire risk assessment of all lands for the 17 western states and select Pacific Islands - known as the West Wide Wildfire Risk Assessment, or WWA.  Three sets of summary statistics were developed using the results of the WWA, including Regional Summary Statistics, State Summary Statistics, and County Risk Reports, as well as maps of wildfire risk demonstrating fire threat and that to key assets - downscaled to the county level.

Related Organizations: Council of Western State Foresters (CWSF), Western Forestry Leadership Coalition

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Literature Synthesis on Climate Change Implications for Water and Environmental Resources

September 2013

This report synthesizes regional studies on the implications of climate change on Bureau of Reclamation operations and activities in 17 Western States. Specifically, the report addresses past and projected effects of climate change on hydrology and water resources. The report outlines implications for the key resource areas the Bureau considers in its planning processes for each of the Bureau's five regions: Pacific Northwest, Mid-Pacific, Lower Colorado, Upper Colorado, and Great Plains.

Related Organizations: Bureau of Reclamation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Mark Spears, Alan Harrison, Victoria Sankovich, Jade Soddell, Levi Brekke

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Analysis of Drought Impacts on Electricity Production in the Western and Texas Interconnections of the United States

December 2011

This study, produced by the Environmental Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory, analyzes the potential impact of drought on electricity generation within the western and Texas interconnections.  The report examines how electricity generation relies heavily on water resources and their availability, and illustrates the interdependence of energy and water in the electricity context. 

Related Organizations: Department of Energy

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Adaptation Case Studies in the Western United States

October 31, 2011

From the Georgetown Climate Center, this report contains two case studies from the Western United States that explore water shortages in the West, water rights along the Colorado River, and the protection of an endangered ground-dwelling bird: the greater sage grouse.  In doing so, the report also examines the role of states in adaptation planning and the intersection between state and federal authority.

Related Organizations: Stratus Consulting, Georgetown Climate Center

Authors or Affiliated Users: Joel B. Smith, Jason Vogel, Karen Carney, Colleen Donovan

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Regional Climate Adaptation Planning Alliance: Report on Climate Change and Planning Frameworks for the Intermountain West

August 2011

This report, prepared by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, is an outgrowth of the Regional Climate Adaptation Planning Alliance formed by major cities in the western US to develop a common regional approach to adaptation planning. 

Related Organizations: ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Resource Category: Planning

 

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