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Climate and Hydrology Datasets for Use in the River Management Joint Operating Committee Agencies’ Longer-Term Planning Studies

The Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Bonneville Power Administration collaborated on a climate change initiative in 2008 that called for the development of common and consistent climate change data for use in the three agencies’ longer-term planning activities. That collaboration produced three technical reports that identify how climate change could impact hydrology and water supplies in the Columbia River Basin and the potential impacts of the operation of the 31 Federal dams on the Columbia River and its tributaries. 

The three agencies also produced a report entitled the Climate and Hydrology Datasets for Use in the River Management Joint Operating Committee Agencies’ Longer-Term Planning Studies – Part IV Summary that gives a synopsis of the findings of the three technical reports. 

 
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SECURE Water Act — Reclamation Climate Change and Water, 2011
The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-11) Subtitle F – SECURE Water Act was passed into law on March 30, 2009. Also known as the SECURE Water Act, the statute establishes that Congress finds that adequate and safe supplies of water are fundamental to the health, economy, security, and ecology of the United States although global climate change poses a significant challenge to the protection of these resources. Congress also finds that data, research, and development will help ensure future water supplies and that, although States bear the primary responsibility and authority for managing the water resources of the United States, the Federal Government should support the States, as well as regional, local, and tribal governments in this endeavor. With a focus on Reclamation’s role as a Federal agency conducting water management and related activities, Reclamation is assessing risks to the water resources of the Western United States and developing strategies to mitigate risks to help ensure that the long-term water resources management of the United States is sustainable.
 
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The Effects of Climate Change on the Operation of Boise River Reservoirs
This report was published in Novermber 2008 and focuses only on the operation of Boise River reservoirs.
 
Contact

Toni Turner
(208) 378-5025
tturner@usbr.gov

Bureau of Reclamation
Pacific Northwest Regional Office
1150 North Curtis Road, Suite 100
Boise, Idaho 83706-1234

 

Last Update: October 20, 2011 2:39 PM