Preserving Clean Water in a Changing Climate

Created: 12/18/2013 -


Risk management is critical in any restoration project. Risks include those associated with climate patterns, such as more intense storms, as well as those associated with land use change, site selection, and design. Addressing these risks in conjunction with ongoing restoration efforts will prepare communities for greater variability and may result in cost savings and reduced risk.

Best Management Practices (BMPs) should be sited and designed with climate change impacts in mind.

  • Increased flooding may overwhelm water infiltration, conveyance, and storage practices.
  • Flooding and inundation will increase nutrient transport and impact vegetation sensitive to salinity and inundation.
  • Greater storm frequency and intensity can increase shoreline and bank erosion in freshwater and tidal systems.
  • Rising temperatures may harm vegetation and aquatic ecosystems.

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State / Provincial
Sector Addressed
Conservation / Restoration
Water Resources
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Natural Resource Management / Conservation
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Water quality
Water supply
Habitat/Biome Type

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