Building understanding for water system resilience to changing streamflows

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In this project, we will engage with water providers, tribal representatives, agricultural and other water users, ecological interests, and recreational groups about future snowpack and streamflow conditions, increasing understanding of how they view water system resilience to compound hazards. This continued engagement is essential both to disseminate new research findings and to understand evolving information and planning landscapes.

In this project, WWA will convene three virtual workshops with regional water providers to explore how they view their water system’s resilience to compound hazards, disseminate findings from other ongoing WWA research projects, foster peer-to-peer sharing of information, and inform future research projects. These virtual workshops will leverage skills developed during the coronavirus pandemic, and allow convenient participation from small, rural water providers throughout our entire, large region. This project also leverages our extensive experience convening workshops with regional water managers across the region (e.g., 
WWA 2018) and our previous experience with the VCAPS Pilot Project (e.g., Clifford et al. 2018; Page et al. 2018; Rick et al. 2018).

The first workshop will focus on understanding utility perceptions of water system resilience, and sharing results from recent WWA research projects (e.g., the Climate and Hydrology in the Colorado River Basin: State of the Science report (Lukas and Payton 2020), the Snowpack User’s Guide (Woelders et al. 2020), and the Weber Basin Climate Vulnerability Study (Arens et al. 2021)). Workshops will include information about future snowpack and streamflow, and critical regional hazards such as wildfire and drought, and include presentations about research from WWA staff, affiliated scientists and water managers and small-group discussions about stakeholder needs. They will also utilize our resilience metrics to increase understanding of utility perceptions of water system resilience. As appropriate, we will engage with other important regional networks like the NOAA Regional Climate Centers and the National Drought Mitigation Center in this project.

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