The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Nov 2015

New Video - Climate Is Water at COP21

The video team at Arup have created another amazing video for AGWA, this time focusing on the importance of water in climate adaptation. The video is part of the international #ClimateIsWater Initiative. Watch the video below to find out how talking about climate means talking about water!

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#ClimateIsWater - Murray-Darling Basin in Australia

In the tenth episode of the #ClimateIsWater series is Dr. Jamie Pittock, Associate Professor at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at Australian National University. In this episode Dr. Pittock explains the issues facing the Murray-Darling Basin in Australia and outlines some of the solutions that the Australian government has implemented to address these challenges, such as nationalized water accounting and managing groundwater and surface water in conjunction.

Make sure to check out climateiswater.org for more episodes to come!

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Guest Blog | Water Management and Decision-Making: CONCLUSION

Competing Needs and the Decision-Making Process:
A Travel Blog on Water Management in the Western US - CONCLUSION
by Steve Moncaster


Steve Moncaster is the Supply Demand Strategy Manager for Anglian Water, a regional water and water recycling company in the east of England. Mr. Moncaster is travelling in the US on a grant from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. The Trust was established in memory of Sir Winston and is dedicated to exchanging ideas and best practice between different peoples and cultures.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Anglian Water, the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, or AGWA.


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The past week was my last in the US (I am writing this on a train to London). I spent those final days in Arizona and Nevada meeting with staff from the Central Arizona Project, the Southern Nevada Water Authority, the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the City of Phoenix Water Services Department. My discussions with water managers and stakeholders focused mainly on the management and use of water in the lower Colorado basin, including the emergence of a “structural deficit” (the possibility of shortages in the supply from Lake Mead and measures which are being implemented to manage the related risks). Read More...
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Guest Blog | Water Management and Decision-Making: PART THREE

Competing Needs and the Decision-Making Process:
A Travel Blog on Water Management in the Western US - PART THREE
by Steve Moncaster


Steve Moncaster is the Supply Demand Strategy Manager for Anglian Water, a regional water and water recycling company in the east of England. Mr. Moncaster is travelling in the US on a grant from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. The Trust was established in memory of Sir Winston and is dedicated to exchanging ideas and best practice between different peoples and cultures.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Anglian Water, the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, or AGWA.


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It has been yet another busy week full of meetings across the west. In the last week I have had meetings with the USGS and the Bureau of Reclamation in Colorado and a public utility in Portland, Oregon. The discussions in Colorado covered lessons learned from the current drought in California and the Southwest. We also had productive discussions about the Colorado Basin study and issues related to the adaptation of ecological systems to the effects of a changing climate. In Portland, we spent time examining the lessons we could learn from past and present collaborations between the water supply agencies in the metropolitan area. Read More...
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