Climate Ready Estuaries Website
Visit the Climate Ready Estuaries Website to
find information on climate change impacts and
adaptation, including:

Basic Information
What are the projected climate change impacts
to coastal systems? What can be done to address
these impacts?
Where You Live
Where are the National Estuaries and what
climate change impacts assessment and adaptation
efforts are underway in your region?

Explore Climate Ready Estuaries
Learn how the program is working with coastal
managers to advance coastal adaptation to climate
change.
Coastal Too/kit
What tools and information will help you get
started assessing climate change vulnerabilities,
finding data, and developing adaptation plans?
www.epa.gov/cre
PROGRAM
      CONTACTS

If you are a coastal manager with specific
questions on the program, please contact:

Jeremy Martinich
martinich.jeremy@epa.gov
Climate Change Division
EPA Office of Air and Radiation
(202) 343-9871

John Wilson
wilson.john@epa.gov
Oceans and Coastal Protection Division
EPA Office of Water
(202) 566-1158

For media or press inquiries, please visit
www.epa.gov/newsroom/contact-us.htm.
                                                      United States
                                                      Environmental Protection
                                                      Agency
                       Office of Air and Radiation
                       Office of Water
                       EPA 430-F-08-027a
                       February 2009
CLIMATE READY
        ESTU ARI ES

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ADAPTING
    TO  CLIMATE CHANGE

The Climate Ready Estuaries (CRE) program is a
partnership between EPA and the National Estuary
Programs (NEPs) to address climate change in
coastal areas. This effort is building additional
capacity in coastal communities as they prepare to
adapt to the effects of climate change.

Climate Ready Estuaries is supporting NEPs and
coastal communities in becoming "climate ready"
by providing tools and assistance to:

 Assess climate change vulnerabilities
 Engage and educate stakeholders
 Develop and implement adaptation strategies
 Share lessons learned with other
  coastal managers
PROTECTING
     CRITICAL RESOURCES

Estuaries are places where rivers meet the sea.
They are highly productive and unique ecosystems.
Millions of people live, work, and play in estuaries,
and they are home to many industries critical to
our nation's prosperity. However, estuaries are
projected to be particularly vulnerable to many
climate change effects. Impacts that may occur
include:
   Damage to and loss of wetlands, coastal
   property, and infrastructure due to inundation
   and more severe coastal storms.
    Changes to water availability and quality,
    including impacts to groundwater and
    drinking water.
   Changes in habitat, fisheries, and other
   plant and animal distributions.
 Get Ready!
 Coastal resource managers can reduce these risks,
 reduce future costs, and improve resiliency by acting
 now to identify areas that are particularly vulnerable,
 establish monitoring that will warn of impending
 changes, and develop and implement adaptation plans.
                                                                                                         Tools and Resources
                                                                                                         for Estuaries

                                                                                                         Assess, P/an, Take Act/on/
                                                                                                         A Coastal Toolkit of information products, data,
                                                                                                         tools, workshops, and technical assistance is
                                                                                                         available to all NEPs and other coastal managers.
                                                                                                         This Toolkit, available on the CRE Website
                                                                                                         (www.epa.gov/cre), provides information and
                                                                                                         resources related to:
                                                                                                              Monitoring
                                                                                                              climate change
                                                                                                              Tools for
                                                                                                              assessing risk
                                                                                                              and vulnerability

                                                                                                              Smart growth
                                                                                                              in the context of
                                                                                                              climate change
                              Finding
                              data
                              Adaptation
                              planning
                              Sustainable
                              financing
                              options
CRE
     IS  UNDERWAY!

ERA is providing targeted assistance to NEPs to
identify climate change vulnerabilities, develop
adaptation plans, and begin to implement selected
actions within these plans.
To learn more about the programs EPA is working
with under Climate Ready Estuaries, visit the CRE
Website.

www.epa.gov/cre/explore.html

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