State Water Agency Practices for Climate Adaptation

State water agencies across the country are starting to integrate climate change considerations into the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act programs they administer.

Short descriptions have been developed of innovative practices that state water agencies are currently implementing to reduce their vulnerability to climate-related impacts and to build resilience to climate change. These select state practices can serve as useful models for other state agencies seeking to make water programs more resilient to climate change. In addition, water resource planners and decision-makers from local and tribal governments and other entities may find these practices  helpful.  

State Practices LogoThe practices described are the result of a collaborative effort by the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA), Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA), Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM), and the EPA Office of Water to:

  1. Identify select practices that state water agencies are currently implementing in response to climate variability,
  2. Select practices from diverse water program areas and geographic locations around the country; and 
  3. Work with state programs to compose descriptions that could be useful to other state agencies.

Explore State Practices ButtonIf you would like to propose a climate related practice from your state agency for consideration, email with the details.