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2012 National Water Program Strategy

EPA National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change

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EPA's National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change sets out long-term goals and specific actions that are EPA's contributions to national efforts to prepare for, and build resilience to, the impacts of a changing climate on water resources. The 2012 Strategy is organized around five long-term programmatic vision areas: protecting water infrastructure; coastal and ocean waters; watersheds; and, water quality. The EPA National Water Program looks forward to working with state, tribal, and local governments, as well as other partners to implement actions that address climate change challenges in these areas.

Cover Page 2012 NWP Climate Highlights Report

2012 Highlights of Progress: Responses to Climate Change by the EPA National Water Program (PDF) (50 pp, 1.1MB)

The 2012 Highlights of Progress report provides a summary of the major climate change-related accomplishments of EPA's national and regional water programs in 2012. This is the fourth climate change progress report for the National Water Program and the first progress report organized around the five long-term programmatic vision areas described in the National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change.

EPA National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change (Full Report) (PDF) (132pp, 2.9MB)

Foreword (PDF) (2 pp, 353K)
National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change Cover
I. Executive Summary (PDF) (12 pp, 600K)
II. Introduction: The Evolving Context (PDF) (11 pp, 410K)
III. Framework for a Climate Ready National Water Program (PDF) (5 pp, 211K)
IV. Programmatic Visions, Goals, and Strategic Actions (PDF) (41 pp, 691K)
V. Geographic Climate Regions (PDF) (25 pp, 446K)
VI. Cross-Cutting Program Support (PDF)
(13 pp, 343K)
VII. Appendices (PDF) (23 pp, 272K)

Additional Supporting Documents To order copies of the 2012 Strategy, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/nscep/ordering.
Ordering can be done online, by phone, or by mail. The document number is: 850-K-12-004.

Supporting Documents

Charter for EPA State-Tribal Climate Change Council of the National Water Program (PDF) (5 pp, 821K)
A key goal of the EPA National Water Program Strategy: Response to Climate Change is to engage States, Tribes, and others in addressing the complex issues posed for water quality program managers by a changing climate. In an effort to strengthen cooperation amongst these groups, a State-Tribal Climate Council of the EPA National Water Program has been formed. The charter outlines the Council's purpose, membership, and operation.

Cover of EPA’s Coming Together For Clean Water Strategy document

Coming Together for Clean Water: EPA's Strategy to Protect America's Waters (PDF) (14 pp, 1.7MB)
On April 15, 2010, former EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson convened a diverse group of stakeholders to discuss opportunities to reinvigorate EPA’s strategy for achieving clean water. This strategy outlines the challenges that were highlighted at the 'Coming Together for Clean Water' forum, describes the public participation process, and highlights the EPA’s priorities for achieving clean water goals.

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