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

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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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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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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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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, the “Climate Change Handbook for Regional Water Planning” provides a framework for considering climate change in water management planning. Key decision considerations, 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.

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

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Climate Ready Water Utilities Initiative (CRWU)

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed its Climate Ready 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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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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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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The Value of Green Infrastructure: A Guide to Recognizing Its Economic, Environmental and Social Benefits

January 21, 2011

From the Center for Neighborhood Technology, this guide outlines a framework for measuring and valuing the ecological, economic and social benefits of green infrastructure (GI). The value of Green Roofs, Tree Planting, Bioretention and Infiltration, Permeable Pavement, and Water Harvesting practices are detailed. The goals of the report are to inform decision-makers and planners about the multiple benefits green infrastructure offers communities; and to guide communities in quantifying the benefits of green infrastructure investments.

Related Organizations: Center for Neighborhood Technology

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Urban Drought Guidebook 2008 Updated Edition

2008

Updated in 2008, the focus of the guide is to provide water managers a step-by-step process to anticipate and respond to potentially severe drought and other water shortages. Examples of well-conceived and executed plans in California and other parts of the country are provided to illustrate recommendations whenever possible. It also demonstrates that successful programs are commonly the result of a cooperative effort between water suppliers and their customers. This guidebook presents examples of efforts by water suppliers throughout the United States, along with a wide array of approaches to address variable water supply and demand scenarios throughout the state.

Related Organizations: California Department of Water Resources

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In Hot Water: Water Management Strategies to Weather the Effects of Global Warming

July 2007

A valuable resource for U. S. water managers, this report provides a full range of recommendations to consider when incorporating climate change into current agency planning and management activities. Strategies are organized into four categories: Evaluate the Vulnerability of Water, Develop Response Strategies to Reduce Future Impacts of Global Warming, Prevent Future Impacts by Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and Increase Awareness of Global Warming and Water Impacts. A discussion on Integrated Regional Water Management Planning is also included.

Related Organizations: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Authors or Affiliated Users: Barry Nelson, Monty Schmitt, Ronnie Cohen, Noushin Ketabi, Robert Wilkinson, Theo Spencer

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