Utilities planning for climate change
February 1, 2010
A group of utilities has prepared a report on how to plan for climate change
and its effects on water supplies. While it's unclear what kinds of climate change will occur in the future, especially if new regulations and international agreements affect the human contributions to climate-altering chemicals, it's worthwhile for many utilities to consider the long-term changes that may cause them to adapt in the future. Iowa faces declining groundwater supplies
, with or without the effects of climate change, and Nebraska has been engaged in a long-term struggle with Nature
over significant decreases in groundwater levels. Nebraska's groundwater condition is mainly driven by access to the Ogallala Aquifer
, which has been aggressively used for agricultural irrigation for the better part of a century.
last revised February 2010