When confronted with the prospect of such
uncertainty, a utility manager might feel
overwhelmed and unsure of how to evaluate
the risks and available options.
The continual evolution of climate change
poses a challenge for all involved in the
water industry. The new Web site will
deliver critical, up-to-date climate change
information to the water community.
In addition to offering mature research
programs, considerable effort is underway
in the arena of climate change assessment
and policy analysis. There are numerous
efforts focused on the development of
climate change-related tools, applications,
decision aids, and planning templates.
Research, assessment, and analytical
activities are being undertaken by
water utilities, government agencies,
foundations, universities, private research
institutions, commercial associations,
corporations, and advocacy organizations.
It will all be available on www.
The Foundation, through its solicited
RFP program, has also recently hired
Stratus Consulting Inc. to identify and
compile readily available climate change
information relevant to water utilities
as content for the clearinghouse Web
site. Through this 18-month contract,
information generated through the
project will constantly be posted to the
Web site, allowing users access up-to-date information on climate change.
Additionally, the Foundation is developing
a maintenance process that will keep the
information on the Web site current beyond
the ongoing project.
While many water utilities are becoming
very familiar with the science of climate
change and getting to know the federal
agencies that are conducting research on
climate change and water resources, many
water utility staff and managers, particularly
in mid- and small-size utilities, are not
familiar with the scientific and technical
issues associated with climate change. The
org Web site now offers everyone access to
governmental agencies and other entities
conducting research on climate change.
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