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Reclamation releases climate plan

Staff Report | April 20, 2023 6:47 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which oversees water projects across the country including the Grand Coulee Dam and the Columbia Basin Project in Eastern Washinton, announced on Thursday it released the agency’s strategy for dealing with climate change.

In a press release, the agency said it developed a four-part approach to dealing with the threat of climate change involving being flexible with water management, better planning to adapt to the realities caused by climate change, improved resilience for water storage and delivery infrastructure, and expanded sharing of information.

“Climate change is impacting our communities, economies and the environment throughout the West,” said Reclamation Commissioner Camille Caimlin Touton in the press release. “Through this strategy, Reclamation will work collaboratively with our federal and non-federal partners and incorporate climate change into our water and power management decisions to minimize climate change’s impacts on western water into the future.”

The entire Climate Change Adaptation Strategy is available online at the USBR’s website