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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Water Resilience Summit Summary & Next Steps

Water Resilience Summit Summary & Next Steps

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) hosted a Water Resilience Summit on April 9-10, 2014 in Washington, D.C., as part of Water Week 2014. The meeting came about as a result of discussions with high-level U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials, including Administrator Gina McCarthy, who made it clear that climate resilience was a top priority of the agency and that it would be critical for the federal government and the municipal sector to work on the issue collaboratively and proactively. At the Summit, key municipal and federal agency leaders convened for a two-day discussion to examine the array of challenges facing utilities in light of climate change and, more importantly, to outline the policy and advocacy steps and collaborative actions that could be taken to improve resilience. In short, the Summit focused on how to get things done to ensure the water sector becomes more resilient, while allocating resources and mitigating some of the enormous costs better than in past storm-related, post-disaster recovery and relief efforts. This paper summarizes the outcomes of the Summit discussions.


National Association of Clean Water Agencies; Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies

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