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This tab includes laws and policies for avoiding or reducing climate change impacts in the water sector, including best practices and legal and policy analysis.

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Robust Planning to Support Decision Making Webinar

December 14, 2013

The Robust Planning to Support Decision Making Webinar, created by the EPA in collaboration with the Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA), discusses the benefits of robust decision-making, an analytical framework meant to address decisions that are plagued with high-levels of uncertainty.  This webinar is a part of the EPA’s Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) Initiative.  The webinar aims to demonstrate how drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities can use robust decision-making for climate change related planning.

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Local Government Stormwater Financing Manual: A process for program reform

January 2014

The University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center (EFC) developed this manual to provide information to local governments about progressive stormwater management practices, including green infrastructure, and to provide a model for creating policies and programs to finance these practices. The report’s introduction asserts that a paradigm shift is underway in stormwater finance, and local government staff have a critical role to play in leading that shift.  

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Navigating Litigation Floodwaters: Legal Considerations for Funding Municipal Stormwater Programs

2014

Published by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), Navigating Litigation Floodwaters provides an overview of legal issues associated with user-fee funded municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) stormwater programs, as well as a summary of selected legal decisions and pending cases. The report represents how different courts across the nation have addressed  the issue of stormwater management, the types of legal analyses that have been used when evaluating MS4 fee programs and the kinds of factors that have been relevant in the courts’ deliberations.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Pure Water San Diego - Potable Water Reuse Program

2013

Pure Water San Diego, is the City of San Diego, California’s phased, multi-year sustainability program that intends to provide one-third of San Diego's water supply locally by 2035. The Pure Water Program will use proven water purification technology to clean recycled water to produce safe, high-quality drinking water. Environmental stressors and climate change impacts, such as ongoing drought in the Colorado River Basin, and reduced snowpack and runoff in Northern California have decreased the availability of local water supplies, and San Diego has turned to investing in adaptive alternatives.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Prince George’s County, Maryland Complete Streets Initiative

November 2012

In 2012, the Prince George’s County Council in Maryland passed a Complete Streets Ordinance that requires officials to incorporate measures to manage runoff and increase access for all roadway users (bicyclists, pedestrians, etc. ) on public and some private roadways. The ordinance directs county officials to incorporate environmental site design into road, trail, sidewalk, and transit construction projects to ensure that stormwater runoff is well-managed and that roads are accessible to everyone.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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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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Florida Water Management and Adaptation in the Face of Climate Change

November 2011

A series of white papers have been prepared by the State University System (SUS) of Florida Universities regarding realized and predicted climate change impacts, with this report specifically addressing water resources and adaptation issues across Florida. The primary objectives of this report are: (1) to identify Florida’s water resources and water-related infrastructure that are vulnerable to climate change; (2) show demographics in the state that are vulnerable to climate change impacts with a focus on water resources and sea level rise; and (3) highlight some of the alternative technologies currently being used to solve water resource supply issues in the state that are likely to expand and be challenged under various scenarios of climate change.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Leonard Berry, Frederick Bloetscher, Nicole Hernandez Hammer, Marguerite Koch-Rose, Diana Mitsova-Boneva, Jorge Restrepo, Tara Root, Ramesh Teegavarapu

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Direct Potable Reuse: A Path Forward

2011

This report identifies the information and research needed to provide a basis for the feasibility of direct potable reuse (DPR), which is the introduction of purified water into a water supply distribution system or the raw water supply immediately upstream of a water treatment plant. Topics discussed include issues regarding public acceptance, engineering, economics, and regulations. Although the background information on DPR and the needed research identified in this report are applicable across the country and throughout the world, the primary focus is on providing information so that the feasibility of DPR can be evaluated in California.

Authors or Affiliated Users: George Tchobanoglous, Harold Leverenz, Margaret H. Nellor, James Crook

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Climate Ready Water Utilities: Final Report of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council

January 2011

This Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) report contains recommendations to assist drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems across the nation to increase their resilience to climate change impacts. EPA convened a CRWU Working Group under the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC) in 2009, and the CRWU Report was delivered to EPA in January 2011. The general premise is that climate change represents an important challenge for drinking water and wastewater utilities and should be considered in all aspects of utility planning.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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State of Illinois Drought Preparedness and Response Plan

October 12, 2011

The State Water Task Force is an interagency group that was assembled in 1980 to guide policy decisions related to water issues, and to prepare a State Water Plan for Illinois.  The Task Force updates Illinois’ 1983 Drought Contingency Plan with this Drought Preparedness and Response Plan - continuing to provide local and state officials and the public with information on water supply issues, and key considerations for drought preparedness. This plan was developed from pilot regional water supply assessments and planning projects.

Resource Category: Planning

 

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