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Water Sector Organizations

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

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Model Forest Policy Program

Composed of natural resource experts, the Model Forest Policy Program (MFPP) is a national nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to forest stewardship and sustainable forestry practices by private forestland owners. The MFPP is designed to train and support rural communities across the nation to build climate adaptation strategies via an online learning platform and live coaching.   




National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences is a non-governmental, non-profit organization chartered by the US Congress in 1863 at the request of President Lincoln. The Academy has two missions: to honor the nation’s top scientists, engineers, and health professionals with membership, and to serve the nation with independent, expert advice.




National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)

NACWA believes that climate change is primarily a water issue, and the Association's advocacy focuses on the interrelationships between water resources and climate change, including the needs of clean water agencies in adapting to climate change impacts and further research about these impacts.




National Drought Mitigation Center

The National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC), established at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995, helps people and institutions develop and implement measures to reduce societal vulnerability to drought, stressing preparedness and risk management rather than crisis management. 




National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)

Following the passage of the NIDIS Act of 2006, The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) was established to develop an integrated drought monitoring and forecasting system at federal, state, and local levels. NIDIS's research goals focus on risk assessment, forecasting, and management. One of its primary projects is the U. S. Drought Portal, which is part of an interactive system to provide early warning about anticipated droughts, impact and risk assessments, planning tools, and drought historical data.




Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Originally established by Congress in 1935 as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), NRCS has expanded to become a conservation leader for all natural resources, ensuring private lands are conserved, restored, and more resilient to environmental challenges, like climate change. NRCS works with landowners through conservation planning and assistance designed to benefit the resources that result in productive lands and healthy ecosystems. NRCS experts from many disciplines come together to help landowners conserve natural resources in efficient, smart and sustainable ways.




New Mexico Climate Change Adaptation and Ecology Program - the Nature Conservancy

New Mexico was the first chapter of the Nature Conservancy to address ecological climate change adaptation by creating the Climate Change Ecology and Adaptation Program. This program provides land and water managers with information about climate change in New Mexico's past, present and future. The program focuses on assessing the impacts of climate change on the state's biodiversity and identifying local level adaptation strategies that can help build ecological resilience.




New Mexico Office of the State Engineer and Interstate Stream Commission

The NM Office of the State Engineer is charged with administering the state's water resources. The State Engineer has power over the supervision, measurement, appropriation, and distribution of all surface and groundwater in New Mexico, including streams and rivers that cross state boundaries. The State Engineer is also Secretary of the Interstate Stream Commission. The Interstate Stream Commission is charged with separate duties including protecting New Mexico's right to water under eight interstate stream basins, ensuring the state complies with each of those basins, as well as water planning.




New York City Department of Environmental Protection

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is a City agency of nearly 6,000 employees that manages and conserves the City's water supply; distributes more than one billion gallons of clean drinking water each day to nine million New Yorkers and collects wastewater through a vast underground network of pipes, regulators, and pumping stations; and treats the 1. 3 billion gallons of wastewater that New Yorkers produce each day in a way that protects the quality of New York Harbor.




North Carolina Sea Grant

North Carolina Sea Grant provides research, education and outreach opportunities relating to current issues affecting the North Carolina coast and its communities, and is a resource for scientists, educators, local officials, government agencies, coastal businesses and the public to find unbiased, scientifically sound information about the state's coastal ecosystems.   The program's initiatives and projects include a broad range of topics, including fisheries, seafood science and technology, water quality, aquaculture, community development, law and policy, and coastal hazards.