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DWR Climate Action Plan


DWR Climate Action Plan

Climate change management is one of DWR’s five core values. DWR performs a wide range of activities to help support climate change analysis and adaptation planning by local and regional water managers, fund climate monitoring and research, and develop water sector policies and management practices to support California’s comprehensive approach to addressing the challenges posed by climate change. DWR is also leading by example in developing its own comprehensive Climate Action Plan to guide how DWR is and will continue to address climate change for programs, projects, and activities over which it has authority. 



DWR’s Climate Action Plan is divided into three phases:

Phase I is DWR’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan (GGERP), which  covers how DWR will help mitigate the future impacts of climate change by reducing the GHG emissions from its activities.  Phase I was completed in June 2012 when DWR Director Mark Cowin signed the adoption of the GGERP.  DWR is currently implementing the GGERP and is on target to achieve the major GHG reductions described. Click here for additional information about DWR’s GGERP.

Phase II is DWR’s framework and guidance for consistent incorporation and alignment of analysis for climate change impacts in its project and program planning activities. Climate change analysis can be extremely complex, including accounting for large uncertainties about the future climate and other important future conditions. This phase of the DWR Climate Action Plan will ensure that all DWR planning activities meet standards for quality, scientific rigor, and consistency. Phase II work began in 2012 with the empaneling of DWR’s outside Climate Change Technical Advisory Group.  Phase II is expected to be completed in 2016.

Phase III is DWR’s Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan (VA/AP).  This phase of the Climate Action Plan evaluates, describes, and where possible, quantifies the vulnerabilities of DWR’s assets and business activities to projected changes in temperature, wildfire, Sea Level Rise, and hydrology (including precipitation, snowpack runoff, and flooding). Once identified, these vulnerabilities will be prioritized and appropriate adaptation strategies will be developed to address them.  Work on DWR’s VA/AP began in 2014.  The Vulnerability Assessment portion of Phase III is expected to be completed in 2016 with the Adaptation Plan following in 2017.