Mitigating the Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources

Weather patterns are changing, especially in the western United States, with longer, more frequent droughts and more frequent extreme wet weather events. Changes in the magnitude and frequency of precipitation as a result of climate change are making it much more difficult to use past climate and weather patterns to evaluate current conditions, predict the future state of water resources and water supply, and design the necessary infrastructure to support future water needs. In response, the regulatory environment is changing rapidly to address the effects of climate change on water resources. Because water is essential to communities and businesses, stakeholders ranging from water agencies/districts, law firms, and the agricultural and industrial sectors need a way to evaluate, prepare for, and mitigate the impacts of climate change on water supply, quality, resources, and rights.

Exponent is at the cutting edge of understanding the impacts of climate change on water resources. Our expertise includes water quality analysis, water resources planning, regulatory and compliance support, litigation support, and strategic planning. By bringing together multiple disciplines in the environmental and ecological sciences (e.g., water quality, ecological and species impacts, policy and regulatory issues, water rights), we help clients protect their communities and businesses in a complex and rapidly changing environment by evaluating their reliance on water, helping them plan for and implement more sustainable operations, and assisting them in securing a reliable water supply for the future.
Exponent’s team of water resources consultants provides the following services:

  • Water quality consulting and support in litigation related to legislation such as the Clean Water Act, which regulates quality standards for surface waters and discharges of pollutants into U.S. waters
  • Advising regarding National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting and on pending water quality regulations, policy decisions, and potential impacts of emerging contaminants, including certain poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), on water quality
  • Water supply/water rights advising regarding surface and groundwater quality, sustainability, and availability, as well as new sources of supply
  • Consulting on regulatory and policy issues associated with developing recycled water, capturing storm water, evaluating impacts of oilfield produced water, etc.
  • Advising on hydraulics and hydrology, including flooding, climate change impacts to hydrology, infrastructure evaluations, hazard mitigation, and forensic investigations.

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