Climate Change

From water supply impacts to greenhouse gas emissions, climate change is a key issue for public water agencies. Landmark legislation on climate change signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006, the Global Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), requires the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 through a combination of regulations and market mechanisms.

AB 32 implementation is under way, and navigating new rules and policies stemming from the legislation will be a major focus for local water agencies in the coming years.

ACWA has established a Climate Change Task Force to review and provide input on climate change-related policies and identify opportunities for water agencies to secure funding to accelerate efforts such as water conservation, recycling and renewable energy projects.

ACWA Board Adopts Policy Principles

ACWA’s Board of Directors has adopted policy principles on climate change that call for innovative approaches and policies that ensure California’s water supply infrastructure can meet the challenges created or exacerbated by climate change.

  • Read ACWA’s policy principles on climate change

Latest News about Climate Change

The record-dry conditions the past two years in California could extend years into the future if history repeats itself. New research... read»
DWR’s ‘Experimental Winter Outlook’ for 2014 Sees Mostly Dry Conditions
Dry conditions will continue this winter for most of California, but there is a small chance in the spring of a shift to El Nino weather... read»
The climate change pact that California, Oregon, Washington state and British Columbia signed this week could make the West Coast a world... read»
A new report from Cal/EPA chronicles how climate change is reshaping California’s physical and biological systems, including the... read»
Half of Californians Are Concerned Global Warming Will Cause More Severe Drought
Nearly half of Californians – 49%-- are “very concerned” that global warming will bring more severe droughts to the state... read»

Latest Regulatory Updates

Confronting Climate Change: An early analysis of water and wastewater adaptation costs read more»
This policy paper is the second in a series of reports on how climate change will create opportunities for specific sectors of the business... read more»