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Northeast Climate Change and Water

The population of the Northeast climate region is concentrated along the coast, and the interior is generally rural.

Adapting to more extreme precipitation events, sea level rise, and other coastal issues is of particular importance in the Northeast climate region. For more information about the overall impacts of climate change in the Northeast, in addition to water impacts, visit EPA's main climate change website.

Highlights of EPA and Partner Activities

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There are 12 National Estuary Programs in the Northeast climate region, from Casco Bay, Maine, to the Maryland coastal bays. The national estuary programs use stakeholder-driven, consensus-based approaches to develop and implement estuary management plans, many of which are now being revised to include climate change-related actions.
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The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary Exit EPA Disclaimer, a National Estuary Program, addresses the challenges that climate change poses to the Delaware Estuary watershed and its natural resources. Studies focused on tidal wetlands, bivalve shellfish, and drinking water found that several actions are needed to protect water resources from climate change impacts. 

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Exit EPA Disclaimer was awarded a grant to work with all tribal nations in New York to discuss and design adaptation approaches during 2012.

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Chesapeake Bay and Climate ChangeExit EPA Disclaimer scientists are working to understand the possible effects of climate change on the Bay and its watershed, including how climate change may affect restoration efforts already in progress.

New England Federal Partners is an affiliation of 16 federal agencies in New England and the Northeast that meets regularly to consider climate change adaptation and mitigation and marine spatial planning in connection with coastal and ocean management issues. The purpose of the group is to facilitate collaborative efforts on the part of all federal agencies in the region to support states and local governments in dealing with these matters.

Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean Exit EPA Disclaimer brings together the governors of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia to maintain and improve the health of ocean and coastal resources and ensure that they continue to contribute to the high quality of life and economic vitality of the Mid-Atlantic region's communities.

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The Northeast Regional Ocean Council provides a forum for the six New England states, federal agencies, and interested regional groups to address ocean and coastal issues that require a coordinated regional response.

The Department of the Interior's Northeast Climate Science Center provides scientific information, tools, and techniques that land, water, wildlife, and cultural resource managers can apply to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate and ecologically driven responses at regional and local scales.

The Northeast Landscape Conservation Cooperative works to identify risks to water supply and demand within the Northeast.

Climate and Water Strategy
Our Goals:

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EPA programs in the Northeast will work to make coastlines and watersheds more resilient to changes in water temperature, precipitation, and sea level.

To learn more about the goals and strategic actions at the regional level, read the EPA water program’s 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change.

EPA Regions in the Northeast

EPA Region 1 – including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont
See the Region 1 energy and climate change website.

EPA Region 2 – including New Jersey and New York
See the Region 2 climate change website.

EPA Region 3 – including Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia
See the Region 3 climate change website.

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