WASHINGTON — Last week, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) staff participated in a meeting of the Climate Change and Water Resources Workgroup of the Federal Advisory Committee on Water Information (ACWI), according to a press release.

The workgroup is developing recommendations for key actions to improve adaptation of water resources to a changing climate in response to the President's Executive Order on Climate Change Preparedness, reported the release.

Section 3 of the Order requires the heads of several federal agencies to work with the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Office of Management and Budget to make program and policy changes that will make "watersheds, natural resources and ecosystems" and the "communities that depend on them" more climate resilient, the release noted.

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According to the release, the workgroup’s recommendations are organized by five topic areas, which were identified in the 2011 National Action Plan for Managing Freshwater Resources in a Changing Climate: Improve data for water resources and climate information; strengthen climate vulnerability assessment; improve water use efficiency; support integrated water resources management and educate water resource managers; and build capacity. 

Recommendations from workgroup participants, which include water resources experts from federal agencies including EPA, Department of the Interior, Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Department of Agriculture, will be sent to CEQ for consideration in March, the release continued.

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