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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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)

Resource Category: Planning

 

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EPA Stormwater Management Model Climate Adjustment Tool

February 13, 2015

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan Climate Resilience Toolkit, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Climate Adjustment Tool (CAT) for EPA’s Stormwater Management Model - a downloadable online stormwater simulation model. The Climate Adjustment Tool allows engineers and planners to evaluate the performance of water infrastructure while considering future climate change projections, such as more frequent high-intensity storms and changes in evaporation rates of seasonal precipitation.

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

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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