As weather patterns change, water resource managers and planners will encounter new risks, vulnerabilities, and opportunities that may not be properly managed within existing practices. These changes including increasing air and water temperatures, more intense precipitation and runoff, and intensifying droughts that will place additional burdens on already stressed water systems.
The Piedmont Triad Climate Resiliency Tool Kit is intended to serve as a resource for the region’s member communities and provide the background knowledge necessary to begin working towards a more resilient future. It summarizes existing climate data, discusses the anticipated local and regional impacts, and provides resources and recommendations to assist local communities in addressing these challenges. This project builds off of the Piedmont Together Climate Adaptability Report, which was developed in 2014 as part of a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sustainable Communities initiative. Our hope is that this report will raise awareness and understanding and better equip Piedmont Triad communities to tackle complex issues that climate change presents.