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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

U.S. EPA Release Draft Adaptation Strategy for Water Resources

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water has released a draft report for public comment entitled: "NATIONAL WATER PROGRAM STRATEGY: Response to Climate Change." As with many such strategies, it contains extensive discussion of the potential consequences of climate change and the relationships between water resources management and mitigation. It does acknowledge various adaptation issues and offers associated recommendations, although these tend to involve words like "evaluate" and "review" rather than "implement" or "design". This reflects a potential lack of sufficient thought regarding what is to be achieved by adaptation planning and actions, indecisiveness about what should be done and/or hesitancy to implement new policies and measures.

The document is available for public comment until May 28.

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