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Climate change impacts on water supplies becoming top-of-mind

ACT is preparing to release its newest report, “Climate Change Adaptation and Water Governance” authored by Bob Sandford, Chair, Canadian Partnership Initiative of the UN Water for Life Decade.

In a timely coincidence that underscores the seriousness and widespread significance of this issue, the U.S. Department of the Interior Policy and Administration Bureau of Reclamation Denver, Colorado has just released ‘Reclamation Climate Change and Water 2011’, as referenced in the article Climate change to reduce US West water supply from BBC News.

The report notes that water supplies in all major systems in the western US are expected to dwindle as a result of climate change, causing problems for millions in the region.

In fact, according to the report, climate change could cut water flow in several of the American West’s largest river basins by up to 20% this century.

“As climate change adds to the challenges we face in managing our water supply, meaningful engagement between the river basin states and the Department of the Interior will continue to be essential,” said Anne Castle, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science.

ACT’s water report, due out mid-June, will address the major climate impacts projected for Canada’s water supplies, and make recommendations for all levels of government as they plan their response to this increasingly vital issue.

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