The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released the final version of its Agency-wide Climate Change Adaptation Plan and seventeen Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plans. The plans were developed in response to directives in President Obama’s Executive Order 13653 – Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change. The Plans reflect input received from a public comment period and are living documents that will be periodically revised in subsequent years to account for new knowledge, data, scientific evidence, and lessons learned from EPA’s ongoing efforts to integrate climate adaptation planning into its programs, policies, rules and operations.
Commitments in the Climate Change Adaptation Plan include: integrating considerations of climate change into the Clean Water State Revolving Funds process and continuing to work with States to ensure investments in water infrastructure are resilient to changes in climate; and, providing communities with the tools they need to increase their resilience, such as the Stormwater Calculator and Climate Adaptation Tool. All plans, including the Office of Water Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plan can be found here.