Climate Change Study Group

Ohio River Basin Climate Change Study Underway

In April, the Council on Environmental Quality’s Integrated Water Resources Management Team selected our ORBA team’s pilot study proposal to collaborate on climate change impacts to the Ohio River Basin. This study is being funded by the Institute of Water Resources in support of President Obama’s Climate Adaptation Task Force. The pilot study kicked off in July with nearly 20 members of ORBA meeting in Columbus to begin to identify potential climate change effects that could be critical to the future management of land and water resources and public infrastructure in the basin. This pilot study is the first study of its kind to look at climate change impacts to the Ohio Valley. It will take about a year to complete and will leverage work already completed by many of our ORBA members.

On February 7, 2013, the White House issued a press release about the availability of the Climate Change Adaptation Plans and the Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans for all federal agencies.

On March 26, 2013, the Obama administration released the “National Fish, Wildlife, & Plants Climate Adaption Strategy”, the first nationwide strategy to help decision makers address the impacts of climate change.