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Abstract

This report presents the results of EcoAdapt’s efforts to survey adaptation action in marine fisheries management by examining the major climate impacts on marine and coastal fisheries in the United States, assessing related challenges to fisheries management, and presenting examples of actions taken to decrease vulnerability and/or increase resilience. First, we provide a summary of climate change impacts and secondary effects on fisheries, focusing on changes in air and water temperatures, precipitation patterns, storms, ocean circulation, sea level rise, and water chemistry.

Watershed Central, Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect our Waters, and Watershed Plan Builder

Tool Overview: 

Watershed Central, run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is an online portal that houses a large variety of information related to watershed management. Useful for regional, state, and local officials as well as the public, Watershed Central provides links to resources, tools, data, guidance, funding recommendations, training opportunities, and online support communities focused on developing and implementing comprehensive watershed management plans.

Water Supply Stress Index (WaSSI) Ecosystem Services Model

Tool Overview: 

The Water Supply Stress Index (WaSSI) Ecosystem Services Model is an online tool that models potential impacts of climate change, land use change and water consumption alteration (i.e., population growth and water withdrawals) on flow volumes, water supply stress, and ecosystem productivity. The WaSSI Ecosystem Services Model can be used technically to model impacts in the United States, Mexico, Rwanda, and Burundi, but can also serve as an educational tool to demonstrate linkages between water use, climate change, water availability, and carbon storage.

Water Evaluation and Planning System (WEAP)

Tool Overview: 

The Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) System is a software tool designed to help users with integrated water resources planning. WEAP uses a GIS-based interactive platform to allow high user customization, and helps users generate, integrate, and analyze watershed-specific information related to water supply, demand, and quality, as well as ecological information.

EPA Water Erosion Prediction Project Climate Assessment Tool (WEPPCAT)

Tool Overview: 

WEPPCAT is a free, online erosion simulation tool that allows users to analyze potential stream sediment loading in response to various climate change and land management scenarios. WEPPCAT leverages the existing USDA Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) Model, but has additional features that allow analysis of climate impacts and various land management practices on soil yield and loss.

Water Conservation Tracking Tool

Tool Overview: 

The Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) Water Conservation Tracking Tool is a program that allows water utilities to analyze various water conservation strategies and design conservation programs to maximize water savings and benefits while minimizing costs. The tool operates through Microsoft Excel and integrates real data from individual water utilities, allowing personalized and standardized analyses of water savings, costs, and benefits in two different units (i.e., English and metric).

Location

33 N. LaSalle Street Suite 2275
60602 Chicago , IL
United States
41° 53' 17.3652" N, 87° 39' 6.0192" W
Illinois US
Organization Overview: 

The Alliance for Water Efficiency is a stakeholder-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the efficient and sustainable use of water. Headquartered in Chicago, the Alliance serves as a North American advocate for water efficient products and programs, and provides information and assistance on water conservation efforts. A diverse Board of Directors governs the organization and has adopted a set of guiding principles and strategic plan.

Storm Water Management Model Climate Adjustment Tool (SWMM-CAT)

Tool Overview: 

SWMM-CAT allows users to evaluate climate change impacts on stormwater runoff volume and quality, and to explore how the application of various low-impact development (LID) options can be used to alter these hydrological parameters. SWMM provides a spatial and temporal analysis of runoff quality and quantity by dividing basins into multiple sub-catchment areas and analyzing runoff at different time steps.

National Water Information System

Tool Overview: 

The USGS National Water Information System (NWIS) is an online water resources monitoring database that compiles site-based information on surface water, groundwater, water quality, and water use metrics. Within these categories, users can explore current conditions, historical trends, daily summaries, and field measurements, as well as conduct statistical analyses and examine other category-specific features (e.g., peak daily flows for surface water). Data housed on this platform are gathered from over 1.5 million USGS monitoring stations located in U.S.

National Stormwater Calculator

Tool Overview: 

The EPA Stormwater Calculator (SWC) is a desktop tool that can be used by individuals looking to reduce stormwater runoff at the local level. The SWC generates rainfall runoff volume and frequency estimates for any location in the United States or Puerto Rico using historic rainfall data, local soil properties, and land use cover inputs. Users can manipulate the land use category and evaluate how seven different green infrastructure methods can alter runoff volume and frequency on their property.

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