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Association of Environmental Authorities March 12, 2013. Water Sector Background. Utilities: 53,000 Community Drinking Water Systems 16,000 Wastewater Systems. Mission Statement.

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Association of environmental authorities march 12 2013

Association of Environmental Authorities

March 12, 2013


Water sector background

Water Sector Background

Utilities:

  • 53,000 Community Drinking Water

    Systems

  • 16,000 Wastewater Systems


Mission statement

Mission Statement

To provide the water sector (drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities) with the practical tools, training, and technical assistance needed to adapt to climate change by promoting a clear understanding of climate science and adaptation options.


Climate ready

Climate Ready

National Drinking Water Advisory Council Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) Report

Final report provides EPA with recommendations on developing a CRWU initiative to support water sector climate resiliency.

Developing an Adaptive Response Framework

Fundamental guide to build out the concept of a climate ready water utility, integrates with other tools.


Framework document

Framework Document

  • Reference guide for using Framework

  • Key concepts and actions for each element

  • Resources that support pursuing actions


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What does CRWU Report Mean for EPA?

  • EPA create and implement a CRWU program

  • Integrate CRWU into existing EPA efforts (e.g., EUM, Climate Ready Estuaries)

  • Coordinate with other federal partners, states, associations, utilities

  • Promote watershed planning and encourage adoption of integrated water resources management

  • Recommends developing adaptive regulatory capacity


Climate ready tools resources

Climate Ready Tools & Resources

Climate Resilience Evaluation and

Awareness Tool

Extreme Events

Workshop Planner

Climate Ready Process

Adaptation Strategies Guide

Toolbox

Adaptive Response Framework

Learn Climate and Adaptation Basics

Explore

Elements of Climate Readiness

Assess Risks and Evaluate Opportunities

Research and Gather Information

Collaborate with Partners


Climate change and the water sector

Climate Change and the Water Sector

Degraded water quality and treatment challenges

Lower reservoir levels and water shortages

Stormwater management challenges

Earlier spring runoff

Coastal flooding from storm surges

Reduced groundwater recharge

Increased residential demand

Saltwater intrusion into coastal aquifers

Loss of wetlands and coastal ecosystems

Increased frequency and extent of floods


Increasing temperature

Increasing Temperature

2 ŐäF increase in global average temperature has been observed over the last 50 years. Projections indicate continued warming, which leads to changes in water quantity and quality:

  • Reduced water supply when combined

    with decreased precipitation

  • Changes in surface water quality

  • Changes in demand for water and energy

Source: U.S. Global Change Research Program (GCRP). 2009. Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States. (Karl, T. R., J. M. Melillo, and T. C. Peterson, Eds.) ISBN 978-0-521-14407-0.


Changing precipitation patterns

Changing Precipitation Patterns

Overall changes in climate will alter the total amount of precipitation (may be less or more, depending on local factors and season), contributing to:

  • Changing lake and reservoir levels

  • Altered groundwater recharge

  • Reduced snowpack and reservoir recharge

  • Changes in water quality (increased turbidity)

  • Greater demand for water for irrigation

Source: U.S. Global Change Research Program (GCRP). 2009. Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States. (Karl, T. R., J. M. Melillo, and T. C. Peterson, Eds.) ISBN 978-0-521-14407-0.


Rising sea level

Rising Sea Level

Coastal utilities should be concerned about sea-level rise, which can lead to:

  • Increased flooding associated with coastal storm surges

  • Increased saltwater intrusion into aquifers

  • Accelerated loss of wetlands and coastal ecosystems

Source: U.S. Global Change Research Program (GCRP). 2009. Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States. (Karl, T. R., J. M. Melillo, and T. C. Peterson, Eds.) ISBN 978-0-521-14407-0.


Extreme weather events

Extreme Weather Events

More frequent and severe extreme weather events can produce:

  • More frequent and larger extent of flood damage to infrastructure

  • Increased crop loss and more frequent water shortages during drought

  • Property loss and erosion following wildfires

  • Increased damage from coastal storm surges to low-lying utility infrastructure

Source: U.S. Global Change Research Program (GCRP). 2009. Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States. (Karl, T. R., J. M. Melillo, and T. C. Peterson, Eds.) ISBN 978-0-521-14407-0.


Climate resilience evaluation awareness tool creat

Climate Resilience Evaluation & Awareness Tool (CREAT)

Overview


What can you do in creat

What can you do in CREAT?

  • Explore local climate data

  • Access resources

Build Awareness

  • Collect data and document assumptions

  • Assess potential risks

Assess Risk

  • Compare adaptation options

  • Generate reports to support decisions

Plan Adaptation


Process

Process


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Climate Information

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Climate information

Climate Information

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Training

Training

  • Integrated training

  • Pre-loaded scenarios

  • Extreme precipitation

  • Energy implications


Adaptation strategies guide

Adaptation Strategies Guide

Promoting a Clear Understanding of Adaptation Options

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Overview

Overview

  • Guide for drinking water and wastewater utilities that have not begun to consider climate change in utility planning

  • Navigate guide like a website

  • Goals:

    • Present easy-to-understand climate science

    • Translate science into impacts to utilities

    • List adaptation strategies related to impacts

    • Assist in the adaptation planning process


Updates

Updates

  • We are currently updating the ASG to include two new sections

    • Green Infrastructure

    • Energy Management

  • These sections are under review and the new version will be available online within the next 6 months


Extreme weather events workshop planner

Extreme Weather Events Workshop Planner

Developing long term plans to increase resiliency

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Extreme weather events workshop planner1

Extreme Weather Events Workshop Planner

  • Walks users through all of the steps of planning, conducting, and evaluating a workshop

  • Goal is to determine actions that a utility or community can take today to become more resilient to more frequent and intense extreme events


Extreme weather events workshop planner2

Extreme Weather Events Workshop Planner

  • Includes 5 scenarios:

    • Flooding

    • Drought

    • Sea Level Rise

    • Wildfire

    • Snowpack Changes

  • Contains customizable materials

    • Scenario presentation

    • Facilitator guide

    • Workshop report template

  • Adaptation is iterative, Workshop Planner encourages participants to continue to work together on extreme event and climate planning after workshop is over


Toolbox

Toolbox

Resources for Planning a Response to Climate Change

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Toolbox1

Toolbox

  • Searchable database for utilities to obtain resources related to climate change and water

  • Searches by utility attributes, climate concerns, and response strategies selected by the user

  • Current version contains approximately 600 resources

    • Publications

    • Current activities

    • Funding opportunities

    • Events

    • Tools and models


Toolbox2

Toolbox

  • Features:

  • Browse by Tabs

  • Region Map

  • Highlighted Resources

  • Link Direct to Web Page

  • Option to Show Searchable Database/Resources List

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Climate ready estuaries cre pilots

Climate Ready Estuaries (CRE) Pilots

Promoting Coordination and Understanding of Climate Impacts and Adaptation Options Between Utilities and the National Estuary Program

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Crwu cre linkages

CRWU/CRE Linkages

  • Pilot project with North Hudson Sewerage Authority, NY/NJ Harbor NEP, EPA Region 2

    • Joint risk assessment using CREAT

    • Explore comprehensive adaptation strategies

    • Establish relationship between WW utility and NEP

    • Document methodology and lessons learned

  • Pilot with Albemarle-Pamlico NEP

  • Pilot with Morro Bay NEP


Webinar series

Webinar Series

  • Additional topics and dates under consideration

  • Visit http://www.epa.gov/climatereadyutilities for updates


Want more information

Want more information?

CRWU website:

www.epa.gov/climatereadyutilities

CRWU contact:

[email protected]

Sign up for e-newsletters:

EPA Climate Change and Water News: Send a blank email to [email protected]

EPA climate change activities:

http://epa.gov/climatechange


Contact information

Contact Information

John Whitler

[email protected]

Curt Baranowski

[email protected]

Amy Posner

[email protected]

Laura Dubin:

[email protected]


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