Resilience & Climate Adaptation
Resilience reflects the ability to maintain a successful operation in the short run by successfully responding to unexpected or extreme events, and over a longer time horizon by adapting to change. A sustainable utility is a resilient utility, as defined from a triple-bottom-line perspective. Sustainability includes many approaches and strategies to ensure a utility can both fulfill its mission in the present and meet its future commitments.
A sustainable, resilient utility demonstrates:
- financial strength and stability;
- ability to adapt to climate change and other environmental effects as well as deploy mitigation strategies;
- commitment to equipping and responding to the needs of its workforce, and;
- communication with customers, stakeholders and partnerships within its community.
In today’s political and fiscal climate, the sustainability of water systems, as related to jobs, business, the economy, the environment and climate, now requires a more dedicated commitment to meaningful research, legislation and regulatory action.
Adapting to climate change is a particularly important issue for maintaining water system resilience, and AMWA has consistently raised awareness on Capitol Hill about water utility challenges in the face of a changing climate. AMWA also advocates for actionable information and science to support utility decision-making.
AMWA regularly communicates with members about climate-related policies, initiatives and adaptation strategies to support resilient, sustainability utilities.
Recent Letters and Reports
Letter to White House Council on Environmental Quality regarding its draft National Environmental Policy Act guidance on consideration of greenhouse gas emissions.
August 22, 2019
Letter to Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee on an FCC spectrum auction that could affect NOAA's weather forecasting capability.
June 11, 2019
Letter to EPA regarding its draft discussion framework for a Water Reuse Action Plan.
March 22, 2019
Comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on its proposed rule to update procedures for designating critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act.
Sept. 21, 2018
Letter to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with comments on its outline for Subseasonal and Seasonal Forecasting Innovation: Plans for the Twenty-First Century.
Aug. 10, 2018
Letter in support of H.R. 5596, the Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act
April 25, 2018
Letter to House and Senate committee leaders in support of integrated water resources management langauge in the next WRDA bill
April 6, 2018
Letter to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recommending USACE initiate a federal negotiated rulemaking under the Federal Advisory Committee Act to develop a new proposed reservoir rule
November 7, 2017
Letter to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding its review of existing rules
October 17, 2017
Letter to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requesting a reproposal for the rule governing reservoir projects for domestic, municipal and industrial water supply
May 15, 2017
Letter to EPA in support of the WaterSense program
April 25, 2017
Comment letter to FEMA on Regulations and Guidance to Implement the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and Executive Order 13690, October 21, 2016
Energy and Water Sector Challenges and Opportunities briefing paper for Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, September 7, 2016
Energy and Water Sector Collaboration briefing paper for Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, September 7, 2016
Comment letter to EPA on its draft report: Evaluating Urban Resilience to Climate Change, A Multi-Sector Approach, July 21, 2016
Comment letter to Federal Water Resources and Climate Change Workgroup on Draft Report, Looking Forward: Priorities for Managing Freshwater Resorces in a Changing Climate
July 7, 2016
Letter to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on integrated planning provision in WRDA legislation
May 10, 2016
Letter to Senate appropriators in support of funding for the Regional Climate Data and Information program
March 2, 2016
Letter supporting investment in water reuse as a drought response mechanism
January 6, 2016
Letter in support of H.R. 3720, the "Water Advanced Technologies for Efficient Resource Use Act"
December 7, 2015
Letter to Senate Appropriations Committee in support of funding for the Regional Climate Data and Information program
July 7, 2015
AMWA Comments on Request for Input to Sustaining the National Climate Assessment
June 15, 2015
AMWA Comments on the Draft USGCRP Climate Health Assessment
June 8, 2015
AMWA Comments to FEMA on the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard
May 6, 2015
AMWA Comments to CEQ on Revised Draft Guidance for Consideration of GHG Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in NEPA Reviews
Letter to Sen. Ben Cardin in support of S. 741, the "Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act"
March 18, 2015
AMWA Comments on EPA's Proposed Carbon Power Plan
December 1, 2014
AMWA Comments on Draft FY2014-2018 Strategic Plan
January 2, 2014
In 2015, AMWA organized with several partners the International Water and Climate Forum. In March 2016, a Forum Synthesis Report was produced, identifying six key themes and nine key take-aways from the presentations and discussions.