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 underway, 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 Comments on the Discussion Draft of the 2030 Target Scoping Plan Update

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.

Latest News about Climate Change

As part of a series of hearings on California’s tree mortality crisis, the Little Hoover Commission Thursday discussed the impacts of... read»
The Ocean Protection Council today voted to update its sea-level rise guidance documents, citing a recent report by members of its... read»
The State Water Resources Control Board on March 7 adopted a resolution that sets the goal that climate change considerations be integrated... read»
The State Water Resources Control Board announced today that it has extended the comment deadline to March 3 at noon for its draft... read»
In a rousing State of the State address on Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown vowed to continue California’s fight against climate change and... 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»