In support of our mission to enhance the usefulness of climate science for the adaptation community and improve water management decision-making in the face of climate uncertainty, we’ve undertaken the following activities.
In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said "we must do more to combat climate change" and that he will develop executive actions to "prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change." We appreciate the president's emphasis on preparedness and adaptation, and agree that we must do more. Adapting to the threat of climate change deserves focused national attention.
In June, 2013, President Obama followed up his commitment in his State of the Union to "do more" by releasing a Climate Action Plan that includes a major section on preparing the United States for the impacts of climate change, as well as sections on cutting carbon pollution and leading international efforts to address climate change. The Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA) has responded to several federal agency climate adaptation plans, including the Department of Commerce and EPA, to emphasize the need for collaboration and information-sharing between the federal government and water utilities around climate adaptation.
Past WUCA Chair Paul Fleming also has participated in the National Climate Assessment process as a member of the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC), and as a Convening Lead Author of the Water Resources Chapter and as a Lead Author on the adaptation chapter. In addition, WUCA has provided technical inputs to the NCA and commented on the public review draft.
Letters of support for the Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act of 2015
- WUCA letter to U.S. Senator Ben Cardin - March 18, 2015
- WUCA letter to U.S. Representative Lois Capps - March 5, 2015
Letter to Senate Appropriations Committee
Comments on Federal Plans and Policies
- WUCA comments on EPA Climate Adaptation Plan, April 2013
- WUCA comments on Department of Commerce Climate Adaptation Plan, April 2013
- WUCA response to Bicameral Task Force, Feb. 2013
Congressional testimony to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Letter to US Senate in support of the Water System Mitigation and Adaptation Partnerships Program
Letter in support of Capps Amendment to Waxman-Markley Bill
Congressional testimony concerning development of National Climate Service
US EPA Adaptation Workshop
Letter to US Senate on development of Climate Security Act
Comments on the Summary of Revised Research Plan for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program
Joint Letter to U.S. Congress
Water Sector Statement on Climate Change and Water Resources
Piloting Utility Modeling Applications (PUMA)
WUCA is developing partnerships with the climate science community, continuing to provide feedback on climate change research and data and encouraging additional climate change research on a regional and sub-regional basis through projects like Piloting Utility Modeling Applications (PUMA).
PUMA is a collaborative venture bringing together WUCA members, Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) leaders, and selected representatives of the climate science and applications community.
Full Project Description
PUMA Workshop Agenda
PUMA Modeling Advisory Committee Survey
PUMA Workshop Outcomes
2010 Workshop Presentations
- An Inventory of Approaches to Climate Modeling and Downscaling - Darrin Sharp
- CMIP5 GCM Simulations, Downscaled Versions and Recommendations - Philip B. Duffy
- Evaluation of Dynamically and Statistically Downscaled Climate Model Results - Wendy Graham & SyeWoon Hwang
- Investigating the Sensitivity of U.S. Stream Water Quality to Climate Change: "20 Watersheds" Project - Thomas Johnson
- Overview of New York City Water Supply Climate Change Research - Don Pierson
- Portland Water System and PUMA - Lorna Stickel & David Evonuk
- PUMA: The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission - David Behar & Alexis Dufour
- PUMA Toolbox - Philip Mote
- SPU's Experience in Using GCMs to Assess Climate Impacts and Inform Adaptation Strategies - Paul Fleming
- Tampa Bay Water PUMA - Alison Adams, Jeff Geurink & Tirusew Asefa
- Uncertainties in Climate Change Projections - Claudia Tebaldi
- Urban Drainage: Ideas for Paths Forward - Dettinger
- Urban Drainage and Climate Modeling - Paul Fleming
- Water Utility Modeling at Seattle Public Utilities - Paul Fleming
Creating Resilient Water Utilities Webinar
In 2013, WUCA coordinated with the EPA's Creating Resilient Water Utilities (CRWU) Initiative to present a webinar series on water utility adaptation planning and decision-making. The webinar included presentations by utility representatives on scenario planning, robust planning and threshold analysis. The webinar is available for viewing on the CRWU website.