Water Supply in a Changing Climate

Caroline Wicks
Created: 12/18/2013 -


Maryland citizens are blessed with an abundant supply of water. However, many water systems are already stressed during droughts, and infrastructure damage and water contamination occurs during floods. Future population growth will combine with increasingly variable weather patterns to place more communities at risk of property damage, regulatory liabilities and uncertain access to drinking water. Maryland’s Eastern Shore is particularly susceptible to salt water intrusion as water demand increases and sea levels rise. Aquifers in central and western Maryland are being stressed due to population growth; short-term storage capacities and contamination from road salt are two issues of significant concern.

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Sector Addressed
Land Use Planning
Water Resources
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Community Planning (developing climate-smart communities)
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Water quality
Water supply

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