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Water Sector Organizations

Organizations that work on adaptation in the water sector are listed below.

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100 Resilient Cities

100 Resilient Cities (100RC), pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, was a non-profit organization dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC supported the adoption and incorporation of a view of resilience that includes not just the shocks - earthquakes, fires, floods, etc. - but also the stresses that weaken the fabric of a city on a day to day or cyclical basis - high unemployment, endemic violence, chronic food and water shortages, etc.




American Rivers

With offices and staff across six U.S. regions, this organization supports states conducting adaptation planning to help address impacts exacerbated by climate change such as flooding, drought, water quality and water supply. Webinars highlighting best practices by states are available on their website, in addition to other publications, legislative analysis and work efforts by region and by river throughout the nation.




American Water Resources Association

Founded in 1964, the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) is a non-profit professional association dedicated to the advancement of men and women in water resources management, research, and education. The AWRA houses a wide variety of water resources experts including engineers, educators, foresters, biologists, ecologists, geographers, managers, regulators, hydrologists and attorneys.




American Water Works Association (AWWA)

With over 60,000 members and over 4,700 utility members, the American Water Works Association is the authoritative resource on safe water, providing knowledge, information and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond. 




Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA)

In addition to being a policy-making organization for metropolitan drinking water suppliers, AMWA tracks daily climate change related events, news, publications, and announcements at federal, regional, and state levels relevant to U.S. water resource managers in general.




Bay Area Climate Adaptation Network (BayCAN)

The Bay Area Climate Adaptation Network (BayCAN), formed in July of 2018, is a collaboration among local governments and partnering organizations that are working together to help the San Francisco Bay Area region effectively and efficiently respond to the impacts of climate change. BayCAN focuses on issues related to water supply, sea-level rise, wastewater and stormwater management, wildfires, ecosystems, and public health, building on existing efforts and initiatives of member agencies and organizations.




Bureau of Reclamation

Established in 1902, the Bureau of Reclamation is best known for the dams, power plants, reservoirs, and canals it constructed in the 17 western states, including Hoover Dam on the Colorado River and Grand Coulee on the Columbia River. The Bureau of Reclamation is the largest wholesaler of water in the country. They bring water to more than 31 million people, and provide one out of five Western farmers (140,000) with irrigation water for 10 million acres of farmland that produce 60% of the nation's vegetables and 25% of its fruits and nuts.




California Climate Change Center (CCCC)

The California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program established the California Climate Change Center (CCCC) in 2003 to document climate change research relevant to the state. The Center was the first state-funded climate change research program in the nation. Its goal was to enhance national and international studies, generating new information that can be used to shape California’s climate change policy. This center operated as a virtual organization with core research activities at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the University of California, San Diego, complemented by efforts at other research institutions.




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.




Carolinas Integrative Sciences and Assessments (CISA) - RISA

CISA is a member of NOAA's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program, which supports climate research for decision-makers and policy planners at a regional level. CISA is committed to improving the range, quality, relevance, and accessibility of climate information for decision-making and resource management in North and South Carolina. CISA's initial research focus areas included water supply and quality modeling, and have more recently turned to climate impacts on public health and coastal communities.