EPA Office of Water Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plan

Created: 1/11/2016 -


This Implementation Plan provides an overview of the opportunities available to the Office of Water within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to respond to the challenges that a changing climate poses for the successful operation of national programs to protect the quality of the national water resources and drinking water. This Plan is organized using the framework adopted by the EPA for each of its major national offices and regional offices. Key elements of the Plan address:

  • Vulnerability of water resources, including clean water and drinking water programs, to climate change;
  • Priority actions for water program response to climate change;
  • Office of Water contribution to meeting EPA strategic measures on climate change;
  • Legal and enforcement issues;
  • Training and outreach for climate change adaptation;
  • Partnerships with Tribes;
  • Populations and places vulnerable to a changing climate; and
  • Program evaluation and cross-Agency pilot projects.

This Plan draws on, and is intended to help implement, the EPA National Water Program 2012 Strategy: Response to Climate Change published in December 2012. The 2012 Strategy describes long-term goals for the management of sustainable water resources in light of climate change and is intended to be a roadmap to guide future programmatic planning and inform decision makers during the Agency’s annual planning process.

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Adaptation Phase
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Capacity Building
Host adaptation training or planning workshop
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Governance and Policy
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Water quality
Sociopolitical Setting
United States