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Region 1: EPA New England

Adapting Water Programs to a Changing Climate

Map: Nearly a week after Hurricane Irene drenched New England with rainfall in late August 2011, the Connecticut River was spewing muddy sediment into Long Island Sound (NASA, 2011)

Nearly a week after Hurricane Irene drenched New England with rainfall in late August 2011, the Connecticut River was spewing muddy sediment into Long Island Sound (NASA, 2011)

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 drinking water and to ensure proper wastewater treatment. EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy (July 31, 2013)

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 1 Water Program Doing about Climate Change? The Region 1 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 New England. These activities are described in the draft EPA New England Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plan (PDF) (67 pp, 1.4 MB, about PDF). You can comment on the draft plan until January 3, 2014.

Region 1 Water Program Climate Partnerships:

What is the National Water Program Doing to Respond to Climate Change?

 

 

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