Water-Energy Team of the Climate Action Team (WET-CAT)

Purpose

The storage, transport and delivery of water for agricultural, residential, and commercial needs have significant energy and greenhouse gas implications. The Water-Energy Team of the Climate Action Team (WET-CAT) is tasked with coordinating efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the energy intensity of water use, and with coordinating how such efforts to reduce the energy intensity of water use can help with efforts to address potential climate change impacts to water. Climate change risks to water include changes in precipitation and runoff impacting both water supply and water quality; diminished snowpack and natural water storage; increased hydrologic variability and extreme events including flood, drought and sea level rise resulting in salinity intrusion; changing water demand; potential for subsidence and reduced flows from intensified groundwater use; potential impacts to drinking water; wildfire and erosion impacting watersheds; thermal changes affecting aquatic habitat; impacts to hydroelectric power generation; potential increases in water-borne infectious diseases; and negative impacts on recreational opportunities and businesses. Some climate impacts are already unfolding in California.

The goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with the energy intensity of water use is part of a larger suite of water management objectives for the State of California.

WET-CAT focuses on information sharing to inform actions that help reduce the energy intensity of water use.

See the following for background on the water-energy nexus:

Opportunities for Greenhouse Gas Savings in the Water Sector

  • Water Use Efficiency
  • Recycled Water
  • Water Systems Efficiency
  • Stormwater Reuse
  • Renewable Development

Documents

Contacts

Frances Spivy-Weber,
Vice Chair, State Water Resources Control Board
frances.spivy-weber@waterboards.ca.gov
(916) 341-5607

Robert P. Oglesby,
Executive Director, California Energy Commission
robert.oglesby@energy.ca.gov
(916) 654-4996

WETCAT Meeting Schedule 2014

WET-CAT meetings are open to public participation unless otherwise noted.

  • June 9th, CEC, Hearing Room A
  • July 14th, DWR, Conference Room 1131
  • August 11th, CEC, Hearing Room A
  • September 8th, DWR, Conference Room 1131
  • October 13th, CEC, Hearing Room A
  • November 17th, CA Dept of Food and Agriculture, Room 133
  • December 8th, CEC, Hearing Room B

Current Roster of Participating Agencies

  • California Air Resources Board
  • California Environmental Protection Agency
  • California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • California Department of Public Health
  • California Department of Water Resources
  • California Public Utilities Commission
  • California Energy Commission
  • California Natural Resources Agency
  • Governor's Office of Planning and Research
  • State Water Resources Control Board
  • Strategic Growth Council

In addition to state entities listed above, regular WET-CAT participants also include, among others, utilities, federal agencies, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions.

Additional Information