Putting Climate Politics Before People: USDA Edition

Stop me if this sounds familiar. The House of Representatives today passed an amendment [subscription required] that would keep the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from integrating future climate conditions into its programs and operations. This is like the Department of Homeland Security amendment from a couple weeks ago — another short-sighted political maneuver that… Read more »

Weathering Change

Download the full report [PDF] Go to report website (includes individual chapter downloads) Bringing Federal Policy into the 21st Century Many federal policies still encourage the same backward-looking water management approaches that didn’t work in the past and are even less suited to the future. Federal funding and policies reward wasteful water use and support… Read more »

The Tale of Two Rivers (and one very large river basin): as the Mississippi River flooding lingers, communities along the Missouri River are witnessing unprecedented flooding

As communities begin to recover from flooding along the Mississippi River, communities along the Missouri River [PDF] from the Dakotas to Iowa to Nebraska to Missouri are bracing for unprecedented flooding. The flooding is unprecedented due to record levels of snowfall (see NY Times image below) in the Rocky Mountains, snow that is late to… Read more »

Putting climate change politics before people

Yesterday was a sad day for common sense in Washington, DC. The House of Representatives approved an amendment [subscription required] by Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) that would keep the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from participating in the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, which is helping to ensure that federal agencies are preparing for… Read more »

Policy Reforms That Save Money and Prepare Communities for Climate Change

Weathering Change The recent Mississippi River floods have shown us how profoundly vulnerable we are to extreme weather. The record rains have drowned crops, inundated homes, and ground economic activity to a halt in many places. They’ve created agonizing choices that involve choosing which homes will be ruined and which will be saved. This is… Read more »

Don’t let the Upper Colorado and Fraser Rivers dry up

Last week American Rivers released the 2011 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers.  Rivers that were not on the list but certainly fit the bill are the Upper Colorado River and the Fraser River. The Fraser River is no stranger to the Most Endangered Rivers list, it was number three on the list in 2005. … Read more »

Preparing for extremes in Nashville

Hit a year ago by one of the worst floods in its history, Nashville suffered the loss of more than 30 lives and over $1 billion of property damage.  Just three years prior to that Tennessee was in the grips of the 2007 drought, one of the driest years in a century with 500,000 citizens… Read more »

Washington State Preparing for Climate Change

State of Preparedness: Washington In the past few months, a number of states have released plans detailing how they plan to prepare for climate change. I have reviewed efforts by Maryland, Oregon, and Pennsylvania so far. Today we’ll look at Washington’s adaptation planning effort. In Washington state, adaptation planning was divided into four topic areas… Read more »

Water Efficiency, Not Desalination, for Water Supply

Could water from an under-regulated desalination plant in Mexico’s Baja Peninsula provide an alternative water source to portions of Southern California? That is exactly what might happen as water agencies supplying San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson look for new ways to provide water to compensate for the loss of 20% of… Read more »