Water Management

Farmers, ranchers and foresters in some regions of the U.S. contend with an overabundance of water while other regions are frequently challenged by drought and water scarcity. The 100th meridian is often touted as the dividing line between the wet eastern United States and the dry, water-limited west. Projected changes in average annual precipitation show increases in much of the northern U.S. and decreases in the southern U.S., exacerbating the water-related challenges already faced in these areas. For example, an increase in spring precipitation may reduce the number of workable field days, reduce crop yields and disrupt planting operations in wetter regions. Extreme precipitation has generally increased and is projected to continue to increase across the U.S. with a warming atmosphere. Flooding related to more extreme precipitation could impact agricultural production and surface water quality as nutrient concentrations and sediment loads are washed from fields into nearby waterways.  More extreme precipitation could also increase climate risk from aging water infrastructure.

Agricultural Policy/Enviornmental eXtender Model http://epicapex.tamu.edu/apex/

APEX has components for routing water, sediment, nutrients, and pesticides across complex landscapes and channel systems to the watershed outlet as well as groundwater and reservoir components. A watershed can be subdivided as much as necessary to assure that each subarea is...

Agricultural Policy Environmental eXtender Model (APEX)

In the Northwest ranchers, landowners, and land managers are facing the challenges of a changing climate and are altering their management decisions as a result. Warmer winters and springs can result in reduced snowmelt and more rain than snow in the mountains, reducing water...

Northwest Ranching - Adapting to Climate Change

Provide resources and adaptation strategies for land managers that have been vetted by scientists and land managers in other areas.

Adaptation Partners: Climate Change Adaptation Library

Forest landowners and natural resource managers in the Northwest and Alaska are witnessing the effects of a changing climate and are faced with a variety of challenges and opportunities in making management decisions. Climate is a long-term average of atmospheric conditions over...

Northwest Forestry - Adapting to Climate Change

Producers, landowners, and land managers in the Northwestern U.S. are facing the challenges of increased variability and severity of weather events due to a changing climate and are altering their management decisions as a result. We can understand climate as a long-term average...

Northwest Agriculture - Adapting to Climate Change

Regional Assessments Colorado Climate Plan (2015) The Colorado Climate Plan is a statewide strategy of policy recommendations and actions to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and to increase Colorado’s level of preparedness. The Colorado Climate Plan focuses on seven main...

Colorado Climate Plan 2015 Regional Assessment

Northern Plains Climate Hub (NPCH) Vulnerability Assessment The Northern Plains has experienced increased weather variability and climatic changes throughout the 20th and early 21st centuries. The NPCH Vulnerability Assessment of Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation and...

Northern Plains Climate Hub (NPCH) Vulnerability Assessment

Find demonstration project stories at www.forestadaptation.org/demos

How are land managers adapting to climate change? It can be helpful for natural resource managers to see what others are doing in the real world to respond to the impacts of climate change in land management. Demonstration projects are living examples of how managers have...

Demonstration Projects

An incised stream occurs when a stream cuts its channel into the bed of a valley through degradation (erosion). As a stream cuts its channel the water table drops and the surrounding vegetation changes from wetlands and meadows to dry shrublands. Incised streams are thought to...

Incised Stream Restoration in the Western U.S.

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