EPA Climate Change and Water News December 1, 2014
EPA Climate Change and Water News is a bi-weekly newsletter from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Water that covers climate change and water-related news from EPA, other U.S. federal agencies, and partners. To learn more about climate change impacts on water resources, visit our website at: http://www.epa.gov/water/climatechange.
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EPA to Assist Water Utilities in Enhancing Climate Resilience and Readiness EPA is providing up to $600,000 in training and technical assistance to help water utilities in more than 20 communities bolster their climate change resilience and readiness. Drinking water, wastewater and stormwater utilities will participate in a multi-year program to prepare for impacts from climate change. Challenges to be addressed include drought, more intense and frequent storms, flooding, sea-level rise and water quality changes. Communities will receive technical assistance in using EPA's Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT), software that helps users identify assets, threats and adaptation options to help reduce risk resulting from climate change. To learn more, visit: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/watersecurity/climate/index.cfm.
EPA Announces Webcast on "Green Infrastructure for Localized Flood Management," December 2nd, 1:00-2:30 pm EST Chronic flooding is a critical problem facing many communities. In urban areas impacted by localized or "neighborhood" flood events, green infrastructure practices can absorb rainfall, preventing water from overwhelming pipe networks and pooling in streets or basements. For communities experiencing overbank or riverine flooding, larger networks of green infrastructure can provide extra storage during heavy storm events. In this 90-minute webcast, practitioners will cover a range of methods that can help communities increase flood resilience through small scale interventions, from rain gardens and permeable pavement, to coordinated open space and floodplain preservation. This event is part of EPA's Green Infrastructure Program<http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/greeninfrastructure/index.cfm#tabs-1> 2014 Webcast Series, sponsored by the Office of Wastewater Management. To register for this webcast, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/120782509.