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 California Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee held a special hearing in Van Nuys today to examine flood preparedness in... read»
Californians should prepare for floods this winter if El Niño materializes as experts expect, but must continue to conserve water... read»
State and federal officials cautioned this week that while there is a 95% chance that strong El Niño storms will hit California this... read»
Some of the biggest impacts of climate change in California will be on the state's water system, according to panelists who spoke... read»
Climate change will bring rising seas, longer droughts, less snowpack and higher temperatures to California and elsewhere, which will... 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»