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Example 5: Climate change adaptation pilot and additional resources

The Casco Bay Estuary Partnership is working with land trusts to incorporate climate change adaptation measures into their conservation planning. For example, CBEP worked with the Western Foothills Land Trust to identify conservation and stewardship priorities that would facilitate adaptation to climate change.

The CBEP and the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership collaborated with the New England Environmental Finance Center, housed by the University of Southern Maine, to create models of climate change impacts using the COastal Adaptation to Sea level rise Tool (COAST), a 3-D visualization program. COAST modeled climate change impacts in local watersheds under different climate scenarios (e.g., varying degrees of sea-level rise) and provided cost/benefit analyses of adaptation actions. These models prioritized and informed the preservation of natural wetland buffers around high-value real estate.

(Adapted from “Lessons Learned from the Climate Ready Estuaries Program: New England Climate Ready Estuaries,” 2012)

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Climate change and source water protection resources


Climate Ready Water Utilities. US EPA. 2013.
The EPA’s Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) Initiative assists the water sector, which includes drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities, in addressing climate change impacts. The website includes tools and resources to help utility owners and operators better prepare for impacts of climate change.

Climate Ready Estuaries. US EPA. 2013.
EPA’s Climate Ready Estuaries program works in partnership with the National Estuary Programs and coastal management communities to assess climate change vulnerabilities develop and implement adaptation strategies, technical guidance, and education tools for stakeholders.

Water Quality Impacts of Extreme Weather-Related Events. Water Resource Foundation. 2014.
This report identifies and characterizes water quality impacts of weather-related events. The report includes an extensive Excel-based tool that allows users to sort and access case studies that are relevant to particular utilities. Case studies can be searched based on geographic location, weather event, water quality, year of event, and water source.

20 Watersheds Report. US EPA. 2013.
This report focuses on the impacts of climate change on watersheds, highlighting models and simulations that indicate potential changes to streams and rivers over the next several decades.

2012 Climate Change Indicators in the United States. US EPA. 2012.
This report describes trends and indicators that are related to the cause and effects of climate change.

National Climate Assessment, Chapter 3 – Water Resources. U.S. Global Change Research Program. 2014.
A status report about climate change science and impacts, the water resources chapter focuses on the effects on oceans and water resources, including public water supplies.

National Analysis of State Drinking Water Programs in the Areas of Water Availability, Variability, and Sustainability (WAVS). Association of State Drinking Water Administrators. 2009.
This white paper provides the results from a comprehensive survey of drinking water programs and it explains the various roles that state drinking water programs play in water quantity and conservation issues.

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