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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments: A Review of Water Utility Practices


The study describes the activities of eight water utilities who have conducted climate vulnerability assessments: East Bay Municipal Utility District (CA), City of Boulder Utilities Division (CO), Denver Water (CO), Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Portland Water Bureau (OR), Lower Colorado River Authority (CO), and Seattle Public Utilities (WA). This report provides a review of best practices in this emerging effort across the industry for the purpose of informing utilities considering engaging in this issue about the various methods used by their peers.

The report identifies tools and approaches used by these eight water utilities in their assessments, and  synthesizes the insights into report sections for: approaches to assessing climate change vulnerability, sources of climate information, modeling changes in water resources, and recommendations for further study.



Related Organizations:
Denver Water
Portland Water Bureau
Seattle Public Utilities
Resource Author(s):
Joel B. Smith, Jason M. Vogel
Publication Date: August 2010