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Washington’s climate change resilience strategy

Washington’s climate change resilience strategy is an important tool that brings together all of the necessary requirements to prepare for the impacts of climate change in Washington — particularly on the most vulnerable and those facing systemic inequities.

We are working to update our climate resilience strategy by Sept. 30, 2024. Sign up for our email list to stay informed! 

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Reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is pivotal to our work. Our global reliance on fossil fuels adds greater amounts of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to our atmosphere, which results in higher global temperatures and causes most climate change impacts.

We work to implement the Climate Commitment Act (CCA), which targets the state's largest sources of GHGs, adopt clean fuel and zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) standards, and reduce excess emissions caused by food waste.

City of Tacoma WCC AmeriCorps members work on a drought relief project to help fish navigate low flows on Wilkeson Creek in Pierce County, WA.
Reducing flood risks

Reducing the impacts of flooding in our communities is complex and critical. As snowpacks and icebergs melt, sea levels rise faster, increasing the impacts of flooding.

We support communities through flood planning and risk assessment — grants and technical assistance, including adapting toxic cleanup processes, and providing data to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to run the Risk MAP to help communities plan for potential floods.

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Reducing wildfire, drought, and water supply impacts

Monitoring wildfires and smoke is a collaborative process between state and federal agencies. Increased temperatures leads to a cycle of less snowpack and water supply, which leads to more droughts, drier environments, extreme heat events, and a higher risk of wildfire and unhealthy air quality levels.

We monitor and assess potential wildfire risks, prepare for and respond to droughts, teach communities to build long-term drought resiliency, and manage the state’s water supply.

Ecology staff sampling water from Puget Sound on a research vessel.
Reducing the impacts of ocean acidification (OA)

Ocean acidification has devastating impacts on wildlife and the environment. It's the result of our oceans absorbing excess carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere, resulting in changes to seawater chemistry.

We launched the country’s first Ocean Acidification Blue Ribbon Panel and also track the impacts OA has in Washington through our ocean acidification monitoring program.