NEWS NOTES ON SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCES Water Resources Climate Change Report This is a report of the Water Resources Adaptation to Climate Ch...

NEWS NOTES ON SUSTAINABLE WATER RESOURCES Water Resources Climate Change Report This is a report of the Water Resources Adaptation to Climate Change Workgroup, of the Advisory Committee on Water Information (ACWI). See https://acwi.gov for more information about the organizations involved. https://acwi.gov/climate_wkg/wraccu_meeting_report_final_03_01_17.pdf On January 10 and 11, 2017, the Climate Change Workgroup meet in Herndon, Virginia, to consider key policy challenges related to climate change and water resources and to develop recommendations for the new Administration concerning priority actions that Federal agencies should take to improve water resources management in a changing climate. The agenda for the meeting is provided in the appendix to this report along with a list of Workgroup members and meeting participants. Five “policy challenges” were considered by the Workgroup: • Promoting State Water Resources Planning for Climate Resilience • Defining Incentives and Support for Corporate Water Resilience • Strengthening State and Local Flood Reduction Planning, Practices and Measures • Promoting Climate Resilience of New Federal Water Infrastructure Investments • Improving Planning and Financing of Natural Infrastructure for Climate Resilience Each challenge was addressed by a panel of experts and discussed by the full Workgroup. The Workgroup also considered the recommendations provided in a recent report by Federal agencies describing actions planned for the near future to support the resilience of water resources (https://acwi.gov/climate_wkg/iwrcc/2016_nap_final_20161129.pdf).  Based on these discussions, panel moderators drafted short summaries of insights and recommendations for key steps the new Administration should consider to address these challenges. This report provides the summaries of discussions and recommendations in each policy challenge area. A more detailed summary of the meeting is available at: https://acwi.gov/climate_wkg/index.html.   This report was considered and adopted by the Workgroup at a February 9 meeting. The Workgroup also voted to forward the report to the full ACWI. The report, however, is a description of the discussions occurring at the meeting; it has not been endorsed by organizations or agencies represented on the Workgroup. This study will also be linked on the 2017 Reports and Publications Page of the Sustainable Water Resources Site at https://sites.google.com/site/sustainablewaterresources/ Tim Smith Sustainable Water Resources Coordinator Government Web Site, https://acwi.gov/ Sustainable Water Resources Site, https://sites.google.com/site/sustainablewaterresources/