What’s New with CRWU…

Our colleagues at EPA’s Water Security Division are providing updates for information found under the Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) umbrella…

Updated Adaptation Strategies Guide:

The 2015 Adaptation Strategies Guide introduces climate change and adaptation planning to water sector utilities by outlining climate challenges based on type and geographic region.  The guide provides suggested adaptation strategies for system impacts associated with climate change challenges of drought, water quality degradation, ecosystem changes and changes in service demand and use.  Each challenge description contains relevant adaptation resources and case study examples demonstrating how other utilities to those impacts.  New features of the 2015 edition include:

  • Information based on updated models data from the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) 2014 Report
  • Sustainability briefs addressing green infrastructure, energy management, and water demand management
  • Updated water utility climate adaptation case studies

For best results navigating this “clickable” PDF, download the file onto your computer and open it in Adobe Reader or another PDF viewer program.  Explore the 2015 Adaptation Strategies Guide now on EPA’s website.

Storm Surge Inundation and Hurricane Strike Frequency Map:

EPA has developed a web-based interactive map of the US Atlantic and Gulf coasts, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands that illustrates current worst-case scenario coastal storm surge extent and historical hurricane strike frequency.  The map combines data from:

  • FEMA 100 and 500 year flood maps
  • NOAA’s Sea, Lake, and Overland Surge from Hurricanes (SLOSH) maps
  • The NOAA National Hurricane Center’s (NHC) Hurricane Strike Dataset

With this map, users can easily zoom in on their location of interest to see if:

  • They lie within a FEMA flood plain
  • How they may be affected by coastal storm surge in the event of a hurricane
  • The historical frequency and strength of hurricane strikes at their location

Explore the Storm Surge Inundation and Hurricane Strike Frequency Map now on EPA’s website.

Extreme Events and Climate Adaptation Training Workshops for Utilities & Technical Assistance Providers:

EPA, in partnership with water sector associations, is offering a series of 8 workshops for drinking water, wastewater and stormwater utilities and technical assistance providers that focus on understanding and adapting to challenges from extreme events, featuring training on the Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT). These interactive, two-day workshops will have hands-on technical training sessions using CREAT as well as panel discussions on funding and implementation for adaptation strategies.

Utility Training Workshops:

  • Los Angeles, CA on April 1st& 2nd
  • Santa Fe, NM on June 3rd& 4th
  • Portland, OR on June 23rd& 24th
  • Des Moines, IA on July 14th& 15th

Train-the-Trainer Workshops:

  • Miami, FL on June 16th& 17th
  • Houston, TX on June 22 & 23rd
  • Mobile, AL on June 25th& 26th
  • Long Island, NY on July 21st& 22nd


For information on registration and logistics for the Utility Training Workshops, please visit the Utility Training Workshop registration page. For more information on the Train-the-Trainer Workshops, please visit the Train-the-Trainer Workshop registration page or contact Laura Dubin at Dubin.Laura@epa.gov.

For more information on CRWU efforts, please visit us at:  www.epa.gov/climatereadyutilities

For any help, feedback or questions, please contact us at CRWUhelp@epa.gov


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