Climate Change Adaptation
- Available Here - California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment (Fourth Assessment) includes a suite of technical and regional reports prepared to help inform local and state decision makers about climate change impacts and resilience actions. The jurisdiction of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Lahontan Region (Lahontan Water Board) extends from the Oregon border to the northern Mojave Desert, and includes all of California east of the Sierra Nevada crest. Counties in the Lahontan Region include all or portions of the following counties: Modoc, Lassen, Sierra, Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Alpine, Mono, Inyo, San Bernardino, Kern, and Los Angeles.
View the following region-specific reports that include climate science, impacts, and adaptation information pertaining to communities and land areas within the Lahontan Water Board’s regional boundary.
- Sierra Nevada Region Report
(Modoc, Lassen, Plumas, Sierra, Nevada, Placer, El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras, Alpine, Mono, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Inyo, and the eastern parts of Madera, Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties)
- Inland Deserts Region Report
(Imperial and the eastern parts of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties)
- Los Angeles Region Report
(Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura and the western parts of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties)
- Available Here - Comprehensive Response to Climate Change (Resolution No. 2017-0012) - On March 7, 2017, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted Resolution No. 2017-0012 requiring a proactive approach to climate change in all Board actions, including drinking water regulation, water quality protection, and financial assistance.
- Available Here - Results from the Water Board's Climate Change Adaptation for Water Resources Survey.
For the full suite of Fourth Assessment research products, please visit: http://www.ClimateAssessment.ca.gov
Discussion at Water Board Meetings
- November 20, 2019
- Lahontan Water Board considers and adopts Resolution No. R6T-2019-0277: Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Strategy
- May 16-17, 2018, Bishop
- April 3, 2018 Sacramento, CA - State Water Board Hearing
Item # 6 - Update on Comprehensive Response to Climate Change
- November 15-16, 2017 South Lake Tahoe
- May 10-11, 2017, South Lake Tahoe
- January 11-12, 2017, Apple Valley
- November 9-10, 2016, South Lake Tahoe
- July 8-9, 2015, South Lake Tahoe
- May 13-14, South Lake Tahoe
Public Workshops/Public Outreach Meetings
September 28, 2017 (Truckee), October 5, 2017 (Apple Valley), October 11, 2017 (Bishop) - Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Outreach Meetings - During September and October of 2017, the Lahontan Regional Board hosted a series of public meetings throughout the region in Truckee, Bishop, and Apple Valley. The purpose of the meetings was to consider public input and foster productive relationships as we further develop the key elements that will be included in our Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Strategy.
- Cover Letter
- Meeting Notice - Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Stakeholder Meetings. (Updated original Meeting Notice posted on 08/22/2016.)
- Proposed Strategy Overview (Distributed to RB6 Climate Change Adaptation Lyris List members and other interested persons on 9/18/2018.)
- Presentation (Similar presentations were given at each meeting location. The presentation shown at the Bishop meeting is posted.)
- Meeting Participants (This link provides a list of the participants at each meeting location.)
- November 2017 Update on Lahontan Water Board's Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Strategy (This link provides the staff presentation given at the November 16, 2017 Lahontan Water Board Meeting, which includes public input and key messages heard during the Sept. / Oct. 2017 outreach meetings.)
- Public Invitation to November 13, 2014 and January 15, 2015 Public Workshops
- November 13, 2014, in Barstow, CA, Hampton Inn on Lenwood Rd. 8:30am-11:30am
- January 15, 2015, in South Lake Tahoe, CA at Lake Tahoe Community College 8:30am-12noon
Funding Opportunities for Climate Adaptation and Resilience Projects
Many of the strategies for local climate adaptation and resilience projects come with a price tag. This section identifies potential funding opportunities that may help the public and the regulated community better position themselves for funding to implement climate change adaptation efforts.
A range of government entities and private foundations offer financial and technical resources to advance local adaptation and mitigation efforts. These funding opportunities are a mix of grants, loans, rebates and tax incentives. Several entities maintain lists of potential funding sources for climate adaptation projects or investments to date. Some examples are provided below with links to more information:
The Funding Wizard - this is a searchable database of grants, rebates and incentives available to help pay for sustainable projects., It was developed in partnership with the California Strategic Growth Council, CA Natural Resources Agency, U.C. Davis Information Center for the Environment and CalEPA. This tool lists funding opportunities in categories such as energy, air quality and climate change, transportation, urban development, waste management and water. The CA Air Resources Board manages the Funding Wizard site and updates it weekly.
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit - this is a product of the United States Global Research Program and managed by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Program Office. This tool lists a range of government entities and private foundations that offer financial and technical resources to advance local climate adaptation and mitigation efforts.
California Climate Investments Map - this map illustrates investments at the local and regional level of the State's largest and better known climate and clean energy programs administered by CA Air Resources Board, CA Department of Food and Agriculture, CA Department of Fish and Wildlife, CA Energy Commission, CA Public Utilities Commission, CalRecycle and the CA Strategic Growth Council. Although not all projects in every state program are represented in the map, it serves as a good tool to help shape new funding requests and to avoid duplication in new requests.
Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Program - The TCC Program is available to fund projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the development and implementation of neighborhood-level transformative climate community plans that include multiple, coordinated GHG emissions reduction projects that provide local economic, environmental, and health benefits to disadvantaged communities. Funding for the TCC Program is provided by Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF), an account established to receive Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds. There is $140 million in Implementation Grant funding and approximately $1.5 million in Planning Grant funding for the TCC Program.
- CA Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Assembly Bill 32)
- CA Air Resources Board, First Update to the Climate Change Scoping Plan, May 2014
- CA Energy Commission and CA Natural Resources Agency, Our Changing Climate 2012, Vulnerability & Adaptation to the Increasing Risks from Climate Change in California
- CA Natural Resources Agency, Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk, July 2014
- CA Water Action Plan, May 2014
- CA Adaptation Planning Guide: Identifying Adaptation Strategies
- Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan
- U.S. EPA Climate Change Adaptation Plan, 2014
- U.S. Forest Service, June 2010, Water, Climate Change, and Forests: Watershed Stewardship for a Changing Climate
- Sierra Climate Change Tool Kit, Sierra Nevada Alliance, 3rd edition, 2010
- Facts Sheets for common Low Impact Development features: permeable pavement, constructed wetlands, infiltration trench, bioretention, planters, and rooftop
- State Water Resources Control Board Recycled Water Policy, January 2013
- Risky Business, April 2015, From Boom to Bust? Climate Rick in the Golden State
- A Lifecycle Model to Evaluate Carbon Sequestration Potential and Greenhouse Gas Dynamics of Managed Grasslands, DeLonge, et. al, 2013.
- A Sentinel Monitoring Network for Detecting the Hydrologic Effects of Climate Change on Sierra Nevada Headwater Stream Ecosystems and Biological Indicators, David B. Herbst, University of California, Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory, 2011.
- Controlling harmful cyanobacterial blooms in a world experiencing anthropogenic and climatic-induced change
- Controlling Eutrophication along the Freshwater-Marine Continuum: Dual Nutrient (N and P) Reductions are Essential
- Nitrogen and phosphorus inputs control phytoplankton growth in eutrophic Lake Taihu, China