Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

The Climate Change Adaptation Strategy outlines how the Bureau of Reclamation will combat climate change. The strategy also affirms Reclamation will use leading science and engineering to adapt to human-caused climate change.

Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton discusses Reclamation's Climate Change Adaptation Strategy.

The strategy focuses on four goals:
  1. Increase water management flexibility – including improvements to reservoir operations and hydropower generation efficiency, development of water treatment and water conservation technologies to relieve water scarcity and advancing applications in watershed monitoring and forecasting to provide better decision-support.
  2. Enhance climate adaptation planning – including engagement with water and power stakeholders to build climate resilience and provide financial assistance through WaterSMART programs, and development of guidance to better account for climate change in planning and related environmental reviews, tailored for situations in long-term resource management, new infrastructure, asset management, operations and maintenance, dam safety, aquatic restoration and more.
  3. Improve infrastructure resilience – Reclamation will embark on strategic activities in hydropower, dam safety, infrastructure investments and innovation, ensuring its infrastructure continues to provide benefits well into the future.
  4. Expand information sharing – including working with partners to develop quality-assured climate change information and then making that information publicly available for different resource management situations.


Current Status

FY24 Call for Proposals is anticipated in late March 2024.

Interactive Web Portal

A screenshot of map showing drought severity in the western United States
2021 SECURE Report Web Portal

More Climate Change Information

West Salt River Basin Study (Arizona)

American River Basin Study (California)

Pecos River Basin Study (New Mexico)

Missouri Headwaters Basin Study

2021 West-Wide Climate and Hydrology Assessment and Basin Reports

SECURE Water Act Section 9503(c) - Reclamation Climate Change and Water

Reclamation Releases Literature Synthesis on Climate Change Implications for Reclamation's Water and Environmental Resources (3rd Edition) - A scientific report summarizing recent literature on the past and projected effects of climate change on hydrology and water resources in the western United States. Read More →

Last Updated: 2/27/24