Climate Change Preparedness of Oregon Municipal Water Providers in Snow-Transient Basins

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Title: Climate Change Preparedness of Oregon Municipal Water Providers in Snow-Transient Basins
Author: Climate Leadership Initiative; Bartleson, Becca; Doppelt, Bob
Abstract: In summer of 2007 the Climate Leadership Initiative (CLI) at the University of Oregon surveyed municipal water providers serving populations of over 4,500 people located within snow-transient basins in Oregon about their preparedness for the potential effects of climate change. Prior to the survey, maps were produced for CLI identifying low elevation watersheds in the state where slight temperature increases were likely to turn snow into rain, thus reducing snowpack and causing earlier snowmelt.1 Municipal water supplies in these "snow-transient basins" could experience changes to their water supply regimes if storage systems were not situated in locations capable of capturing rain runoff or if snowmelt occurring earlier in the year. The goals of the CLI survey were threefold: 1) to determine which water supply systems could potentially be at risk; 2) to determine the extent to which local providers were aware of the potential risks to their systems posed by rising temperatures; and 3) to ascertain how many providers had developed climate preparation plans or policies.
Description: 8 p.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/5810
Date: 2007-11-30


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