The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comment on a draft strategy that describes the potential effects of climate change on clean water, drinking water and ocean protection programs and outlines EPA actions to respond to these effects.
The National Water Program Strategy: Response to Climate Change focuses on actions designed to help managers adapt their water programs in response to a changing climate. Other elements of the draft strategy include steps needed to strengthen links between climate research and water programs, and to improve education for water program professionals on potential climate change impacts. The strategy also identifies contributions that water programs can make to mitigate greenhouse gases.
Some of the potential impacts of climate change on water resources reviewed in the strategy include increases in certain water pollution problems, changes in availability of drinking water supplies and collective impacts on coastal areas. The public comment period is open for 60 days.