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EPA Flood Resilience Checklist

July 7, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new tool in July 2014 to help communities prepare for, manage, and recover from floods.

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

Resource Category: Planning

 

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EPA Drought Response and Recovery Guide for Water Utilities

March 10, 2016

This guide from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides practical solutions to help drinking water utilities respond to and recover from drought -  although it is not intended to serve as regulatory guidance. The interactive, user-friendly guide provides worksheets, best practices, videos and key resources for managing drought emergencies and building long-term resilience. It also relays lessons learned and case studies for seven small- to medium-sized utilities nationwide that have faced extreme drought conditions.

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

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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EPA Climate Change Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X)

October 6, 2016

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X) is an interactive online tool designed to inform local decisionmakers about climate change impacts and adaptation solutions for communities across the U. S.  The tool provides information about climate change risks on sectors as selected by the user; relevant adaptation strategies; case studies illustrating how other communities have successfully adapted to those risks and tools to replicate their successes; and EPA funding opportunities.

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

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Downscaled CMIP3 and CMIP5 Climate and Hydrology Projections

July 2014

This data archive is meant to provide access to climate and hydrologic projections at spatial and temporal scales relevant to some of the watershed and basin-scale decisions facing water and natural resource managers and planners dealing with climate change.

Related Organizations: Bureau of Reclamation

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Distributed Hydrology Soil Vegetation Model (DHSVM)

February 2013

DHSVM is a distributed hydrologic model that explicitly represents the effects of topography and vegetation on water fluxes through the landscape. DHSVM has been applied both operationally, for streamflow prediction, and in a research capacity, to examine the effects of forest management on peak streamflow, among other things. The website is maintained to disseminate the open-source model, provide examples of model applications, and enable global use of the model to study the impacts of climate change, land use change, forest management practices, flooding, stream temperature and quality.

Related Organizations: University of Washington

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Colorado Water Conservation Board Drought Planning Toolbox

The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) Drought Planning Toolbox is designed to assist water users and local planners across the state in resiliency planning and response to drought.

Related Organizations: Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Coastal Storm Surge Scenarios for Water Utilities

December 2011

The Coastal Storm Surge Scenarios for Water Utilities, created by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), provides a visual representation using a map interface of hurricane strike frequency and worst-case coastal storm surge inundation scenarios (Storm surge inundation refers to the abnormal rise of water generated by a storm, over and above the predicted astronomical tides). This map aims to illuminate historical trends in coastal storm surges and flooding, in order to aid decision-makers tasked with improving coastal resiliency and emergency preparedness.

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool Version 3.0 Methodology Guide

May 2016

This guide is a supplement describing how to use the EPA’s Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) Version 3.0, a tool designed for local drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities to conduct climate change risk assessments. CREAT and this guide are part of the EPA’s Climate Water Ready Utilities suite of resources.

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

Resource Category: Adaptation Websites

 

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Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) Projected Scenarios

This website describes the scenarios used for the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT), a tool to help water and wastewater utilities prepare for climate change. The tool includes a map that shows projected climate change across the U. S. The map is separated into grids (roughly 32 x 32 miles). Each grid displays projections for annual total precipitation, annual average temperature, and precipitation intensity for the 100-year storm.

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

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) 3.0

This risk assessment tool assists drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utility owners and operators in understanding potential climate change impacts to the water sector; assessing related risks at their utilities; and evaluating adaptation options. CREAT allows users to perform these analyses using scenario-based decision making in multiple time periods using pre-loaded data and downscaled local climate information.  CREAT can support utilities in initiating adaptation planning and provides suggested customizable adaptation strategies that can be implemented at the user’s utility.

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

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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