Changes in Mountain Snowpack

In a warming climate, more precipitation will be expected to fall as rain rather than snow in most areas—reducing the extent and depth of snowpack. Changes in mountain snowpack can affect agriculture, winter recreation, and tourism in some areas, as well as plants and wildlife.

Climate Change and Water

The Climate Change and Water website highlights U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) climate change response actions, regional climate impacts, and additional resources to address climate change impacts to water resources.

Ecological Corridors Protect Wildlife Movement and Water Quality in Michigan

Regionally planned ecological corridors are being implemented in Michigan to protect wildlife and water quality.

EPA National Water Program 2012 Strategy

The National Water Program (NWP) 2012 Strategy addresses climate change impacts in the context of EPA’s water programs, reflecting the recognition that adaptation “requires a collaborative, problem solving approach, especially in a resource-constrained environment.”

Extreme Temperature Change: Water Temperatures

As average air temperatures rise, so do the average water temperatures of our oceans, lakes and rivers, affecting ecosystems and species that depend on them.

Getting to Smart Growth: 100 Policies for Implementation

The Getting To Smart Growth guide describes concrete techniques for putting the 10 smart growth principles into practice.

Go Zero – The Conservation Fund’s Reforestation Program

The Conservation Fund’s forest carbon offset projects are developed with careful consideration of climate and community benefits. The Fund’s carbon program supports both conservation-based forest management and forest restoration projects in some of America’s favorite places.

Implications of Climate Change for State Bioassessment Programs and Approaches to Account for Effects

The US EPA’s report, “Implications of Climate Change for State Bioassessment Programs and Approaches to Account for Effects” uses biological data collected in wadeable rivers and streams by four states to examine the components of state and tribal bioassessment and biomonitoring programs that may be vulnerable to climate change.

Jefferson Land Trust’s Conservation Plan and Forward-Facing Forestry

After five years of work, Jefferson Land Trust’s Conservation Plan, a long-range, hundred-year vision of county growth and resource stewardship, was completed in 2010. JLT’s projects highlight how strategic planning can effectively align complementary management objectives such as stewarding sustainable working lands, conserving habitat, providing recreation, and enhancing overall resilience of ecosystems.

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation: Resiliency Planning

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) works to restore and preserve natural resources within the watershed. Restoration projects combined with community education and outreach to improve land management practices have yielded measurable water quality improvements. By increasing protection of natural features such as marshes, barrier islands, and ridges, conservation efforts help protect surrounding communities – both ecological and socio-economic – from the impacts of increasingly stronger hurricanes and sea level rise.