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About CCAWWG

The federal Climate Change Water Working Group (CCAWWG) provides engineering and scientific collaborations in support of water management under a changing climate. It is an effective working-level forum that fosters communication and research partnerships around these needs across the water and science communities of practice.

Managing water resources is a mission shared by many federal, state, tribal, and local agencies and stakeholder groups. Understanding how climate variability and change will affect future hydrologic conditions (e.g. water supply, water demands, water quality, floods, and aquatic ecosystems); and identifying adaptation strategies to manage risks is a shared priority across these entities. Understanding shared priorities, building working relationships, and bringing capabilities together across the federal/non-federal spectrum is central to building solutions that have impact.

CCAWWG Objectives

  • Build "working-level" relationships across federal science and water management agencies.
  • Provide a forum to share expertise and leverage resources across agencies to meet common needs.
  • Work with the water management community to understand their science needs.
  • Foster collaborative efforts across the federal/non-federal water management and science communities to address these needs in ways that capitalize on interdisciplinary expertise, share information, avoid duplication, and accelerate the application of climate information.
  • Support applying climate information to climate adaptation in ways that are consistent with current scientific knowledge.
  • Develop education and training forums that help the water resource community of practice use climate information.

How CCAWWG Operates

CCAWWG working-level collaboration informs and is coordinated with higher level interagency activities such as the Global Change Research Program, Council of Environmental Quality- Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, and the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources - Subcommittee on Water Availability and Quality.


History of CCAWWG

Working-level engineers, scientists, and managers in the Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (two of the primary federal water management agencies) and scientists and managers in the U.S. Geological Survey and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (two of the primary federal water and climate related science agencies) formed the Climate Change and Water Working Group in 2008. The Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and NASA have since joined CCAWWG.

Reclamation and USACE published science needs, along with a perspective on these needs from other local, state, and federal water management agencies, in the 2011 report: "Addressing Climate Change in Long‐Term Water Resources Planning and Management: User Needs for Improving Tools and Information." Today, CCAWWG is providing an effective working-level forum that fosters communication and research partnerships around these needs across the water and science communities of practice.

CCAWWG working-level collaboration informs and is coordinated with higher level interagency activities such as the Global Change Research Program, Council of Environmental Quality- Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, and the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources - Subcommittee on Water Availability and Quality. The Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force has recognized CCAWWG as a valuable avenue of federal collaboration.