The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

American Water Resources Association

Keeping the Baby in the Bathwater: Integrating Climate Resilience in Existing Water Planning, Design and Operations

The American Water Resources Association (AWRA) will host a free webinar on the new CRIDA methodology for resilient water management planning and decision making under uncertainty. The lead authors, including AGWA's Coordinator, will guide participants through CRIDA and its potential applications, while also exploring complementary methods for mainstreaming resilience into water management.

Water infrastructure and aquatic ecosystems are both exposed to potentially significant but uncertain climate impacts given their long lifetimes, but most climate risk frameworks remain separate from how we actually make water decisions. A global coalition has assembled a new approach to understanding climate risk that can be integrated within existing planning, design, and operational decision processes. CRIDA (Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis) integrates analytical and stakeholder approaches to assess impacts and risks within a quantitative framework. Decision makers can negotiate performance tradeoffs between ecological, infrastructure, and social resilience. CRIDA emphasizes a shared vision between stakeholders and decision makers to define robust, flexible solutions. CRIDA has been applied in a dozen countries for a wide range of issues. Here, the presenters will discuss the emergence of methodologies such as CRIDA for water managers, planners, investors, and decision makers, and how they can enable us to integrate and mainstream resilient perspectives into existing work streams.
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2018 AWRA Summer Conference: The Science, Management, and Governance of Transboundary Groundwater

The American Water Resources Association (AWRA) will hold its 2018 summer conference from 9-11 July in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. This year's topic is The Science, Management and Governance of Transboundary Groundwater. The program will stimulate conversations on innovative approaches for identifying transboundary groundwater resources and the methods to develop sustainable governance and management agreements.

Abstracts are now being accepted through 28 February on any and all topics dealing with, or related to The Science, Management and Governance of Transboundary Groundwater. The term 'transboundary' is not limited to 'transnational', but refers to situations when groundwater crosses or underlies two or more political jurisdictions, international or not, so that it must be managed as a transboundary resource. Abstracts for both oral and poster presentations are sought and no papers are not required - just the abstract, which is submitted online. Read More...

AWRA 2017 Summer Specialty Conference on Climate Change Solutions: Collaborative Science, Policy and Planning for Sustainable Water Management

In this sixth installment of its Climate Change Conference Series, the American Water Resources Associations (AWRA) continues the dialogue from previous meetings to address the challenges we face as a Nation in understanding and responding to climate change. The Nation's capital, Washington, DC, will serve as the backdrop for the 2017 conference. The conference will provide a unique opportunity for water resources professionals working in research, management, policy and education to gather, discuss and collaborate as they shape the future of sustainable water management. It promises to be an engaging week of water resources community, conversation and connections.

The theme of this year's meeting is Climate Change Solutions: Collaborative Science, Policy and Planning for Sustainable Water Management.
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Building Resilience to Flooding: Local and Global Perspectives

Find out how the Netherlands, the District of Columbia and DC Water are integrating their flood management practices and planning decisions to improve resilience. Can flooding always be prevented? How does adaptive urban planning help boost resilience? How will DC Water’s Clean Rivers Project manage flooding in the District? What roles do policy and inter-agency cooperation play in flood management and risk reduction?

The evening will illuminate how urban planning helps to boost resilience, how DC Water's Clean Rivers Project manages flooding in DC, and the roles of policy and inter-agency cooperation in flood management and risk reduction. Read More...

2015 AWRA Summer Specialty Conference: Climate Change Adaptation

Climate adaptation must be founded on firm technical information, but the state of the science is still evolving. As a result, leaders and policy makers often struggle with translating information produced by the scientific community for use in robust decision-making. This American Water Resources Association (AWRA) specialty conference is about ACTION - how we respond, build resilient systems, and influence decision makers. Read More...