Wellspring Source Water Resilience and Climate Adaptation

Source Water Protection (SWP) has always been fundamental to water resources management. Source waters can deliver reliable and high-quality water services for drinking and domestic use, livestock and ranching, irrigation, energy, industrial development, and disaster prevention and recovery. As the pace of climate change quickens, SWP is now also becoming a critical component to ensuring resilience. Climate change presents a new range of threats, drivers, and uncertainties in how we interact with freshwater ecosystems, but recently developed approaches to cope with climate impacts will ensure that source waters can survive — and thrive — into the future.