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Climate Change and Water Resources

Warmer temperatures, different patterns of precipitation and runoff, reduced snow pack and rising sea levels could profoundly affect the district’s ability to provide clean, reliable water supply, natural flood protection and water resources stewardship. Managing climate change-related uncertainties, vulnerabilities, or risks is critical to fulfill the district's mission.

Key components of the district's responses to climate change include:

  • A set of progressive policies, including an explicit target for carbon neutrality and a climate divestment policy 
  • An internal carbon reduction framework codified as a part of the ISO 9000/14001 Quality and Environmental Management System and accounted for the benefits of water efficiency, carbon sequestration from habitat restoration and enhancements, and district's contribution to the countywide green business program;
  • A logical and consistent framework to monitor the state of the science and evolving regulations, and to integrate the latest in project and program planning across the district; 
  • Climate Change Portal: a website to disseminate information on water-related climate change issues. 
  • Information on sea level rise


The district’s commitment to the environment, meeting the challenges of climate change and reducing its carbon footprint have been recognized.  In addition, the district continues to contribute to reducing the county’s carbon footprint through wetlands restoration, habitat conservation, and supporting the expansion of trails and open space.