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Basin commission creates climate change committee


At its fourth quarter business meeting Dec. 11, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) unanimously approved a resolution establishing the Advisory Committee on Climate Change (ACCC).

“DRBC has recognized potentially significant impacts to the water resources of the Delaware River Basin posed by climate change, for example, salinity impacts from sea level rise and changes in the seasonality and volume of streamflows,” said Executive Director Steve Tambini.

“The ACCC will provide the commission and the basin community with vital, scientific expertise for identifying and prioritizing these threats and vulnerabilities, as well as provide recommendations for mitigation, adaptation and improved resiliency.”

The ACCC will be comprised of up to 18 individuals with relevant expertise, split in half between reserved (appointed by the commissioners or their alternates, representing the basin states, federal government, New York City Bureau of Water Supply, Philadelphia Water Department, and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary) and non-reserved (appointed by the executive director, representing research institutions, environmental organizations, business and industry, and/or water utilities) members.

The committee is authorized for 10 years and can be renewed or extended prior to its expiration in 2029.

To learn more about the commission,