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State Water Board Climate Change Resolutions
The State Water Board's 2007 climate change resolution sets forth initial actions to respond to climate change and support the implementation of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32).
The State Water Board's 2017 comprehensive response to climate change resolution builds on previous work and directs a proactive approach to climate change in all board actions to embed climate change considerations into all programs and activities. Press Release.
The State Water Board’s 2021 racial equity resolution expands the 2017 climate change resolution to include disproportionate climate impacts on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.
Water Boards Actions
Below are Water Boards actions with corresponding programs that support climate change adaptation, water resilience, and greenhouse gas mitigation. Many adaptation actions that increase the resilience of water systems and ecosystems, such as saving water, also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Saving water and monitoring water use
Water conservation and efficiency save water and can also save energy. See the Water Conservation Portal for water-saving actions and monitoring.
Capturing and monitoring storm water
Capturing storm water can provide flood protection, augment water supply, and have water quality and other benefits. See the Storm Water Program.
Planning for water availability
Proposed water supply projects should consider climate change impacts on water availability. See the Water Rights and Climate Change website and the staff report for recommendations on how applicants can ensure that their water right is minimally impacted by climate change.
Supporting groundwater sustainability
Groundwater management can buffer against drought and climate change. See the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act website.
Tracking climate impact concerns
Ensuring environmental justice
The Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience (SAFER) drinking water program and needs assessment address the continuing disproportionate environmental burdens in the state.
Reuse contributes to a resilient water supply and can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. See the Water Boards Recycled Water Policy and Regulations.
Augmenting wastewater treatment
Processing food waste at wastewater treatment plants could reduce greenhouse gas emissions while supporting infrastructure and energy resilience. See the Co-Digestion Capacity in California report (and correction notice), the Appendix, and Press Release.