EPA Seeks Public Comment on Water and Climate Change

Washington, DC (March 27, 2008)- The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comment on a draft strategy that describes the potential effects of climate change on clean water, drinking water, and ocean protection programs and outlines EPA actions to respond to these effects. The National Water Program Strategy: Response to Climate Change focuses on actions designed to help managers adapt their water programs in response to a changing climate.

The draft Strategy proposes 46 specific actions that the National Water Program will take to respond appropriately to climate change in topic areas including adaptation, research, mitigation, and education. Only those actions which can be initiated in FY 2008 or 2009 with an assumption of level funding are included in the draft Strategy.
The draft Strategy is the product of a workgroup made up of senior water program managers from headquarters and regional offices and senior managers from the EPA Office of Air and Radiation and the Office of Research and Development.
Please submit comments to the following e-mail address by May 27, 2008:
U.S. EPA, Office of Water
National Water Program Draft Climate Change Strategy
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Mail Code: 4101M
Washington, DC 20460
For more information, visit National Water Program Strategy: Response to Climate Change.