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State Water Agency Practices for Climate Adaptation Database

State Practices LogoAgave plant desertThe compilation of practices featured below highlight some of the innovative actions or planning efforts by various state water management agencies that help address a changing climate. Showcasing a diverse array of climate adaptation related practices in several programmatic areas and geographic locations around the country can help encourage the adoption of useful models across state agencies.

January 3, 2017 - We are pleased to announce that a second round of practices has been added to the compilation below.

If you would like to submit a climate related practice from your state agency for consideration, please contact for more details.

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State Title of State Practice Topic Area
AZ Ensuring Water Supply Sustainability: Arizona Department of Water Resources' Drought and Water Supply Planning Drinking Water, Water Supply Planning, Water Conservation, Drought
AZ Arizona Uses Water Infrastructure Finance Authority to Provide Funding for Infrastructure Projects that Address Climate Impacts Water Supply Planning, Water Conservation, Resource Efficiency, Green Infrastructure, Funding 
CA California Integrated Assessment of Watershed Health  Monitoring and Assessment
CA California “Save Our Water” Conservation Education Program Water Conservation
CO Using Colorado WaterWise to Achieve Water Efficiency in a Changing Climate Water Conservation
CO Planning for Impacts of Climate Change on Colorado’s Water Supply Water Supply Planning, Water Conservation, Drought, Modeling/Research 
IL Planning for Climate Variability: Illinois State Water Survey and Statewide Framework for Drought and Water Supply Planning Water Supply Planning
MA Maintaining Integrity of River and Stream Ecosystems with Massachusetts River and Stream Continuity Partnership Ecosystem Connectivity, Monitoring and Assessment 
MD Conserving Maryland’s Wetlands in a Changing Climate using Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model Wetlands 
MD Maryland Supplements Long Term Water Supply Planning Requirements with “Message on Climate Change” Water Supply Planning
MN Promoting Climate Change Adaptation through Minnesota’s Stormwater Manual and Design Standards Green Infrastructure/ Stormwater
MN Long-term Monitoring to Help Detect Climate Variability in Minnesota Monitoring and Assessment, Wetlands, Modeling/Research, Water Quality Standards
NH New Hampshire Considers Climate Change in Wetlands Program Plan and Review Process Wetlands 
NH New Hampshire Drinking Water Program’s Climate Change Resilience Plan Water Supply Planning, Drinking Water, Water Quality Standards
NM Wetland Protection and Beaver Habitat Restoration as Climate Adaptation Tools in New Mexico Wetlands, Monitoring, and Assessment
OR Oregon Builds Ecosystem Resilience to Climate Change with Thermal Refugia and Temperature Standard Water Quality Standards, National Polluntant Discharge Elimination System, Total Maximum Daily Loads
OR Oregon’s Strategy to Build Capacity and Address Harmful Algal Blooms in a Changing Climate Drinking Water, Monitoring and Assessment, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, Total Maximum Daily Loads, Water Quality Standards
WA Washington’s Integrated Plan to Create Partnerships and Diversify Funding for Climate Adaptation Water Supply Planning, Water Conservation, Integrated Water Resource Management 

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