The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released the final copy of its National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change report, which addresses climate change in the context of water programs. The report emphasizes assessing and managing risk and incorporating adaptation into current EPA programs. 

Of interest to cities, Goal 12 of the report is to “Protect waters of the United States and promote management of sustainable surface water resources” with strategic action plans to “Encourage states and communities to incorporate climate change considerations into their water quality planning” and “Encourage water quality authorities to consider climate change impacts when developing wasteload and load allocations in Total Maximum Daily Loads where appropriate.” 

The above example is but one of several strategic action plans that could affect cities in the future.  The report is available in its entirety at http://water.epa.gov/scitech/climatechange/2012-National-Water-Program-Strategy.cfm.

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