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Water Utilities and Climate Working Group gains momentum ,

A second NOAA funded project has emerged from the Water Institute-led Public Water Supply Utilities–Climate Impacts Working Group (PWSU-CIWG). Set to begin in October, the project will use seasonal climate forecasts to minimize short-term operational risks for water supply and ecosystem restoration. Dr. Wendy Graham (PI) and Dr. Christopher Martinez (Co-PI) intend to evaluate the use of National Multi-Model Ensemble (NMME) forecasts for two water supply applications: Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority and Tampa Bay Water and an ecosystem restoration application within the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD)/Everglades National Park. In other news, working group partner, Tampa Bay Water, is highlighted in the feature article of NOAA’s ClimateWatch magazine. Click on the videos in the article to hear from why a group like this is helpful and how the collaborative research is facilitating climate science in utility operations decision-making.