Climate Change and Water Working Group
The Federal Climate Change and Water Working Group (CCAWWG) was established in 2008 by the Bureau of Reclamation, USACE, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
The working group's (fact sheet, pdf 258 KB) objectives include:
The working group is pursuing many collaborative efforts including:
The working group is focused on helping the water management community adapt practices as climate changes. The principal Federal water management agencies are the Bureau of Reclamation and USACE, with Bureau of Reclamation primarily being a water supply agency and the USACE primarily a flood control and waterway navigation agency. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the primary Federal science agency responsible for understanding and predicting short and long-term climate variations, while the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is the primary Federal agency that engages in surface water, ground water and aquatic species sciences. Collectively, these four agencies span all aspects of the hydrologic cycle and are currently the four core Federal agencies of the working group.
Interagency Forum on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations
NASA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers co-host an informal forum on climate change impacts and adaptations. The forum is attended by numerous agencies. It provides a venue for presentations and discussions on issues common across agencies relating to the impacts of climate change on:
Relevant new publications and reports from participating agencies and from sources such as the U.S. Global Change Science Program Office, the Government Accountability Office, the Council on Environmental Quality, and the Pew and Heinz Centers are regularly presented and discussed at this forum. Meetings are held periodically in the Washington D.C. area. Interested parties can join forum sessions in person or by telephone. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Other Federal Agencies
Many of the needs and capabilities associated with water management are common to other Federal resource management, regulatory or science agencies. We actively attempt to identify linkages and pursue collaboration in areas of common interest. For example, how climate change will influence the social and economic dynamics of water demand has been identified as an important knowledge gap. To address this gap area, working group agencies are pursuing a research collaboration that currently includes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES), Economic Research Service (ERS), Agriculture Research Service (ARS); Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS); Bureau of Indian Affairs; National Park Service; and National Science Foundation (NSF).
USACE works closely with regional, nongovernmental and quasi-governmental organizations in evaluating and responding to climate change. These include such organizations as The Nature Conservancy , the Water Utility Climate Alliance , the National Academy of Public Administration , the National Academy of Sciences , and the National Research Council .
State and Local Entities
State and local utilities, including agricultural water districts, user groups and stakeholder organizations are also significant members of the water community affected by climate change. Their perspectives are vitally important to creating effective and efficient research and technology development agendas; and their collaborative participation is being sought.
Federal Agency Sponsors
Bureau of Reclamation
revised 7 Feb 2013