Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

The Bureau of Reclamation has released its Climate Change Adaptation Strategy that outlines how 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.

Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Fact Sheet

News Release: Reclamation releases Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (April 20, 2023)

2021 SECURE Water Act Report to Congress

SECURE Water Act Report CoverThe Bureau of Reclamation released final technical reports supporting the Water Reliability in the West - 2021 SECURE Water Act Report. Reclamation's 2021 West-Wide Climate and Hydrology Assessment and seven individual basin reports provide detailed information on climate change impacts and adaptation strategies to increase water supply reliability in the West. A new 2021 SECURE Report Web Portal is also available to provide a user-friendly, web-based format for delivery of information in the reports.

The 2021 West-Wide Assessment provides estimates of changes in temperature, precipitation, snowpack, and streamflow across the West using consistent methodology, similar to previous SECURE Water Act Reports. For this report, additional drought analyses based on paleohydrology (using tree rings) was performed. These results will enable water managers to compare the frequency and severity of droughts that occurred several hundred years ago to projections of future droughts and develop water management strategies in time to take action.

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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: 4/20/23