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Water: Climate Change and Water

Pacific Northwest Climate Change and Water

The Pacific Northwest is bounded by the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Rocky Mountains on the east.

Primary climate-related concerns in this region include impacts related to changes in snowpack, stream flows, sea level, and forests. For more information about the overall impacts of climate change in the Pacific Northwest, in additon to water impacts, visit EPA's main climate change website.

Highlights of EPA and Partner Activities

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 The city of Issaquah, Washington Exit EPA Disclaimer, the Cascade Water Alliance Exit EPA Disclaimer, and Ichijo-USA Exit EPA Disclaimer formed a unique partnership to demonstrate water conservation on a community basis. EPA awarded a WaterSense New Homes certificate to Ichijo-USA for its zHomes, the first community of homes in the United States to receive WaterSense certification.

Energy Trust of Oregon Exit EPA Disclaimer, Bonneville Power Administration Exit EPA DisclaimerOregon Association of Clean Water Agencies Exit EPA Disclaimer, and EPA co-sponsor and support training programs to improve energy management at wastewater utilities.

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The Swinomish Climate Change Initiative Exit EPA Disclaimer, with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Administration for Native Americans and science support from the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, produced a landmark study of the impacts of climate change on the resources and community of the Swinomish Indian Reservation and developed recommendations on actions to adapt to these effects.

The Fish and Wildlife Service’s Climate Science Center, the North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative, and the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative Exit EPA Disclaimer are partnering with EPA to align and enact a regional response to landscape conservation and share data, science, and capacity.

The Department of the Interior’s Northwest Central 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.

Climate and Water Strategy
Our Goals:

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EPA programs in the Pacific Northwest region will work with federal, state, tribal, and local partners to increase sustainability and reduce vulnerability of communities and infrastructure, and they will partner with other federal agencies and the regional Climate Science Center to coordinate and leverage climate research and other activities.

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 Pacific Northwest

EPA Region 8 – including Montana
See the Region 8 climate change website.

EPA Region 10 – including Idaho, Oregon, and Washington
See the Region 10 climate change website.

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