Mid-Atlantic Climate Change: Adapting Water Programs to Climate Change
Climate Change has Important Impacts on Water Resources. As climate change warms the atmosphere and alters the hydrological cycle, there are likely to be changes to the amount, timing, form, and intensity of precipitation and the flow of water in watersheds, as well as the quality of aquatic and marine environments.
What is the Region 3 Water Program Doing about Climate Change? The Region 3 water program is working with state and local governments, non-governmental organizations, and the regulated community to adapt water programs to a changing climate in the Mid-Atlantic Region. These activities are described in the draft EPA Region 3 Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plan.
Need to Adapt to Climate Change
Climate change is no longer a distant threat - we are already feeling its impacts across the country and the world. The President's Climate Action Plan (June 2013)
Increased drought conditions are already challenging our communities, while more frequent and intense storms are straining our ability to manage stormwater runoff, to deliver safe drining water and to ensure proper wastewater treatment. EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy (July 31, 2013)
Regional Climate Connections
Water and Climate
State and Local Connections
- More information on the impacts of a changing climate on water in Region 3 can be found in the National Climate Assessment Northeast chapter (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virgina): and the Southeast chapter (Virginia):
- More information about EPA Region 3 actions related to climate change is available here:
Climate Change Partnerships in the Mid-Atlantic
- Partnership for the Delaware Estuary - Weathering Change
- Success Stories: Water and Wastewater Utility Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Efforts in EPA Region 3 (PDF) (11 pp, 746KB)
- Climate Change Adaptation for Maryland Water Utilities (PDF) (4 pp, 832 KB)
- Energy Efficiency--Net Zero Energy Project - helping wastewater utilities reduce their energy uses
What is the National Water Program Doing to Respond to Climate Change?
- The draft Climate Change Implementation Plan for the EPA Office of Water is available here:
- The final National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change is available here:
- The National Water Program website on climate change and water is available here:
More National Information (placed in a text box; to be expanded as water programs integrate climate change and create tools and resources).
- EPA Climate Change
- EPA Climate Change and Water
- EPA Climate Ready Water Utilities
- EPA Climate Ready Estuaries