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This tab includes guides to help practitioners conduct an adaptation plan in the water sector.

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Planning and Drought

January 2014

“Planning and Drought” (PAS Report No. 574) presents best practices and case studies in drought planning.   The report offers a comprehensive guide for citizens, planners, and communities to explore what drought is, how to track it, its impacts, and how planners and communities can prepare to mitigate its effects. This publication is the result of a partnership between the American Planning Association (APA), the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS).

Related Organizations: National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), University of Nebraska, American Planning Association (APA)

Authors or Affiliated Users: James Schwab, Jeff Brislawn, Marilyn Hall, Cody Knutson, Marsha Prillwitz, Kelly Redmond, Mark Svoboda

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Getting Climate Smart: A Water Preparedness Guide for State Action

April 22, 2013

This state action guide was developed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and American Rivers to provide water managers and state governments with information to help comprehensively plan and prepare for the water-related impacts of climate change. The guide combines practical advice and real-world case studies while outlining a six-step planning process for state governments, water managers, and other stakeholders to develop and implement climate preparedness plans. 

Related Organizations: American Rivers, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Fay Augustyn, Ben Chou

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Creating Resilient Water Utilities Initiative (CRWU)

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Creating Resilient Water Utilities (formally Climate Resilient Water Utilities - CRWU) initiative to assist water and wastewater utilities in preparing for climate change. CRWU offers a suite of tools and resources to promote the understanding of climate science, associated risks to the water sector, and pertinent adaptation options for utilities and communities to implement. EPA designed the CRWU resources to translate complex climate projections into usable formats - to assist in building a more resilient water sector.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center (EPA)

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Climate Ready Water Utilities Adaptation Strategies Guide for Water Utilities

February 2015

EPA prepared this Guide as part of its Climate Ready Water Utilities Initiative. The Guide presents the projected climate change impacts and adaptation options for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utility, for nine regions across the U.S. Detailed examples of adaptation strategies are provided, including those from utilities which have successfully implemented adaptation strategies.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Climate Change Handbook for Regional Water Planning

November 2011

Developed cooperatively by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Resources Legacy Fund, and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, this handbook provides a framework for integrating the impacts of climate change into water resources management. Key decisions, resources, tools, and planning options are presented to guide resource managers and planners as they develop means of adapting their programs to a changing climate. The handbook uses CA DWR's Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) planning framework as a model into which analysis of climate change impacts and planning for adaptation and mitigation can be integrated at a regional scale.

Related Organizations: Resources Legacy Fund, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), California Department of Water Resources

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California Department of Water Resources Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Climate Change Document Clearinghouse

June 14, 2010

The Department of Water Resources' IRWM planning guidelines require the inclusion of climate change considerations in IRWM planning analyses. In an effort to assist Integrated Resources Water Management (IRWM) practitioners, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) developed a listing of climate change documents relevant to IRWM planning.

Related Organizations: California Department of Water Resources

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EPA Flood Resilience: A Basic Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities

September 2014

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed this guide to help drinking water and wastewater utilities become more resilient to flooding. In the approach, the utility would examine the threat of flooding, determine impacts to utility assets and identify cost-effective mitigation options. A simple, 4-step assessment process is outlined to help water utilities understand their flooding vulnerability and identify practical mitigation options to protect critical assets. The guide is particularly useful for small and medium utilities.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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A Framework for Regulatory Transition: Accommodating Projected Climatic Shifts at the Operational Level - California

October 2012

This briefing paper provides an overview of California's current hydrology and water management practices, the shifts in the state’s hydrology due to climate change, and the changes in the water resources regulatory framework that are needed to adapt. The current regulatory framework described is based on the premise that the hydrological baseline, with accepted levels of year to year and seasonal variability in water flows, is a constant. California's hydrology is being altered by climate change, and the effects are predicted to become even more pronounced over the next several decades, altering this baseline.

Author or Affiliated User: Robert Shibatani

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Adaptive Response Framework for Drinking Water and Wastewater Utilities

November 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Ready Water Utilities Adaptive Response Framework provides guidelines for local water agencies to implement adaptive and mitigating actions to build climate readiness and increased resilience to climate change. The Framework promotes adaptive management, in which agencies can actively respond to the changes and uncertainties of climate data and climate science.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Drought-Ready Communities - A Guide to Community Drought Preparedness

May 2011

The Drought-Ready Communities pilot project culminated in 2010 with this "Guide to Community Drought Preparedness" that communities throughout the U.S. can use to understand and reduce their drought risk. The process outlined in the Guide is broad-based, recognizing that drought creates problems that go beyond the scope of which water suppliers alone can address.

Related Organizations: National Drought Mitigation Center, Oklahoma Climatological Survey, Illinois State Water Survey, Lower Platte River Corridor Alliance

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