Climate Change is Water Change

The Water and Science Administration (WSA) achieves MDE’s vision of healthy, vibrant and sustainable communities and ecosystems for all Marylanders by implementing laws that protect and restore water quantity and quality in our built and natural environments. The increased temperatures associated with climate change are changing Maryland’s water balance by increasing precipitation, ground and surface water levels, and flood risks, while also accelerating evaporation from the land and water surfaces that increase the risks of drought and extreme weather.

WSA scientists, engineers and planners are enhancing our water programs to adapt to these climate-driven water changes.  We do this by integrating current science, technology and best practices into our water planning and programs, permit approvals and related oversight authority.  We also require modernization and maintenance of traditional water infrastructure, like wastewater and drinking water plants, as well as promote nature-based green and blue infrastructure, such as forests and wetlands, to protect and restore Maryland’s waters and build resilience to changing conditions.  When environmental emergencies and extreme weather occur, we deploy staff who are trained and prepared to minimize threats to public health, safety and the environment.

Click below to learn more about WSA’s priority climate adaptation goals, strategies, and accomplishments.

Video Credits: P​roducer (Isaac Rowe), Audio (Jess Herpel), photo/video clips care of John McKay, UMCES-IAN, MDE and​​



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