Water: Climate Change and Water
Southeast Climate Change and Water
The Southeast climate region includes a wealth of ecological and economic resources, such as barrier islands, extensive estuaries, busy shipping ports, and important commercial and recreational fishing resources.
Given the continuing population and business growth in the southeastern coastal states, and the ensuing pressures on the coastal zones of this region, decreased water supply is an issue, as well as increased flooding; sea level rise and intense tropical storms compounded by land subsidence; and heat-related stress on aquatic ecosystems and human health. For more information about the overall impacts of climate change in the Southeast, in addition to water impacts, visit EPA's main climate change website.
Highlights of EPA and Partner Activities
- The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force involves states, tribes, federal agencies, local governments, and thousands of citizens and organizations, working together to prepare the Gulf Coast region to transition from response to recovery and address the decades-long decline that the Gulf's ecosystem has endured.
- The South Atlantic Alliance and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance are voluntary collaborations among states to enhance the ecological and economic health of the regions, and ultimately the nation. EPA is developing tools and promoting resilience to manage the impacts of sea level rise by engaging regional ocean and Great Lakes partnerships such as these.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Long Term Community Recovery Program is working with EPA to encourage pre-disaster planning through pilot regional partnerships. These partnerships promote use of sustainable, resilient reconstruction and energy management improvements into damaged water and wastewater facilities in declared disaster areas.
The Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program has received Climate Ready Estuaries grants to help local communities address climate change, and it is developing model language for comprehensive plans, environmental indicators of climate change, and ecological models.
The Public Water Supply Utilities Climate Impacts Working Group is a collaborative effort focused on increasing the relevance of climate change and variability data and tools to the planning and operations of Florida's public water supply utilities.
The Southeast Climate Consortium uses advances in climate sciences to develop partnerships and solutions for managing climate risks to agriculture and natural resources in the Southeastern region.
- The Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program focuses on climate hazards and research programs to increase the Southeast region's resiliency and level of preparedness for weather extremes.
Climate and Water Strategy
EPA programs in the Southeast will work to address sea level rise, water utility energy and water use efficiency, and geological sequestration, as well as work with vulnerable and historically under-represented communities to build climate change adaptation and mitigation capacities.
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 Southeast
EPA Region 3 – including Virginia
See the Region 3 climate change website.
EPA Region 4 – including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee
See the Region 4 climate change website.
EPA Region 6 – including Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas
See the Region 6 climate change website.