As climate change affects communities across the U.S., some states and cities are leading the way in preparing for the impacts on water resources. The best prepared areas are reducing carbon pollution and planning for climate change impacts. Yet many states and cities are not acting and remain woefully unprepared.

Click on a state or city to find out what risks communities there may face and what the state or city is doing to prepare.

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  • The state has developed an integrated and comprehensive preparedness plan that addresses all relevant water sectors and state agencies.
  • Activities to prepare for climate change impacts are underway in select state agencies, but they are fragmented, not fully coordinated, or not guided by an overarching strategy or plan.
  • The state's consideration of potential climate change impacts on water resources in existing programs and policies is limited.
  • The state has yet to formally address climate change preparedness.


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NRDC Video: Climate Change Threatens Health

Across the U.S., the impacts of climate change on water resources are already being seen. Warmer temperatures, changes in rainfall and snowfall patterns, and rising sea levels are beginning to affect our communities and natural resources.

As carbon pollution continues to change our climate, these wide-ranging impacts will only grow worse, threatening our nation's cities, towns, and neighborhoods.

  • Increased Annual Precipitation
  • Decreased Annual Precipitation
  • Water Supply Challenges
  • More Frequent and Intense Storm Events
  • Increased Flooding
  • Sea Level Rise
  • Increased Erosion
  • Saltwater Intrusion
  • Aquatic/Marine Species

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