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2012 National Water Program Strategy

EPA National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change and Highlights of Progress

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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.

Below one can find annual Highlights of Progress on the implementation of the 2012 Strategy, as well as the 2012 Strategy at the bottom of the page. 

Cover FINAL 2014 NWP Climate Highlights Report

2014 Highlights of Progress: Responses to Climate Change
by the EPA National Water Program (PDF)
 (62 pp, 1,103K, About PDFnewcontent

The 2014 Highlights of Progress Report provides a summary of the major climate change-related accomplishments of EPA's national and regional water programs in 2014. This is the sixth climate change progress report for the EPA National Water Program.

   

2013 Highlights of Progress: Responses to Climate ChangeCover 2013 NWP Climate Highlights Report
by the EPA National Water Program (PDF)
(54 pp, 1,200K)

This is the fifth climate change progress report for the EPA National Water Program.
 






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

This is the fourth climate change progress report for the EPA National Water Program. 






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

Foreword (PDF) (2 pp, 353K)
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)

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.

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EPA Office of Water Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plan (PDF)
This Plan, published in November 2014, describes priority climate change adaptation actions for EPA's water programs.
(For additional EPA Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plans, including Regional Plans, click here.)

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.


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