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Adaptation Case Studies in the Western United States

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From the Georgetown Climate Center, this report contains two case studies from the Western United States that explore water shortages in the West, water rights along the Colorado River, and the protection of an endangered ground-dwelling bird: the greater sage grouse.  In doing so, the report also examines the role of states in adaptation planning and the intersection between state and federal authority.

The report looks at specific policies and unique approaches being adopted in Colorado and Wyoming to tackle water and species endangerment issues, and the states' rational for action.

These two topics, management of wildlife and water resources, provide rich opportunities for consideration of new governance paradigms. Moreover, even without changes in governance, the authors identify creative actions states are taking within current authorities. Indeed, a key finding of this report is that existing authorities already provide a tremendous opportunity for states and their federal partners to address climate impacts today.

 

 

 

Resource Author(s):
Joel Smith, Jason Vogel, Karen Carney, Colleen Donovan
Publication Date: October 31, 2011