New EPA Climate Ready Water Utility and WUCA Webinar Series to Begin on September 18!

Plan now to participate in the EPA and Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA) new webinar series that will start with the first of four webinars on September 18 (see all dates and topics below).  The webinars will explore planning and decision-making strategies to help water utilities understand and adapt to the impacts of climate change.  Each webinar will include presentations from utility representatives that have used these methods to plan and make critical decisions. Throughout the series, information will also be provided on available tools and resources to facilitate the planning processes. All of the webinars will be held from 1:00 – 2:00pm (eastern).  To register, visit EPA’s website and click on the “Training” tab at


Who should attend?

  • Drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater owners and operators
  • Water sector associations, partners, and stakeholders
  • Watershed planners
  • Local, state, federal, and tribal government officials
  • Emergency response planners


September 18 – Sustainability and Adaptation

An introduction to the CRWU initiative and climate change adaptation planning. The recently updated CRWU Adaptation Strategies Guide highlights strategies for pursuing both adaptation and sustainability goals, specifically those related to green infrastructure and energy management. This webinar will provide an in depth look at the new sustainability information in the Guide and utility representatives will share their experience planning and implementing sustainable strategies.


October 9 – Scenario Planning to Support Decision Making

Many utilities are thinking critically about how to best manage water resources and utility assets when future conditions are uncertain. This session will introduce scenario planning, a method that allows a flexible approach to strategic long-term planning and highlight examples from utility representatives that have used scenario planning.


December 4 – Robust Planning to Support Decision Making

This webinar will present another option for strategic long-term planning, robust decision making, which assesses the trade-offs between different approaches and helps identify the most ‘robust’ solution. Utility representatives that have used robust decision making techniques will share their insights and experiences.


March 19, 2014 – Threshold Analysis to Support Decision Making

This webinar will present a third option for making decisions under conditions of uncertainty: bottom-up threshold analysis. This approach emphasizes the analysis of different thresholds of risk to inform and support decisions. Those that have developed and applied this method will provide their insights and experiences conducting threshold analyses for water utilities.


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