Co-Producing Actionable Science for Water Utilities: Case Studies and Next Steps

The Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA) is collaborating with scientists, boundary organizations, and federal agency staff to convene a workshop in May 2016 that will highlight innovative techniques in assessing the impact of climate change on drinking water systems and develop proposals for extending lessons learned to a national scale. The nexus of WUCA’s collaborative work is the need for “actionable science,” the bridge between data and decision making highlighted increasingly in the literature, by domestic and international agencies, and by President Obama in his 2013 Climate Action Plan and Executive Orders 13653 and 13690.

Last year, WUCA completed the Piloting Utility Modeling Applications (PUMA) project, consisting of four innovative assessments conducted by WUCA utilities in collaboration with engaged climate scientists. In the May workshop, we will hear reports from water managers and their science partners about the conduct and outcomes of those projects. Highlights will include reports on climate information consideration, the nature of the relationships built across communities, difficulties encountered, and innovative approaches developed. We will then use those reports as a jumping off point to consider the future of climate services and what activities might be pursued to advance the national conversation about climate services with an eye toward a future in which an increasing number of societal leaders will require a robust, functional, and accessible science/decision making environment in which to make adaptation investments. It is expected that the focus will remain on vulnerabilities in the water utility community but develop knowledge that should have applicability across the adaptation community.

Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA) members and other interested parties.
Attendee List

Workshop Steering Committee
David Behar, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Paul Fleming, Seattle Public Utilities
Tirusew Asefa, Tampa Bay Water
Adam Parris, Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay
Dan Ferguson, CLIMAS
Chris Weaver, USEPA and the USGCRP
Gregg Garfin, University of Arizona

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The 10 utilities in WUCA, formed in 2007, provide drinking water to over 43 million people in the United States. (Image courtesy WUCA)
The 10 utilities in WUCA, formed in 2007, provide drinking water to over 43 million people in the United States. (Image courtesy WUCA)

May 2-3, 2016

Building CG1, South Auditorium
University Center for Atmospheric Research
3080 Center Green Drive
Boulder, CO 80301

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