Adapting Water Law to Public Necessity: Reframing Climate Change Adaptation as Emergency Response and Preparedness

"Classifying climate change’s impacts on water supply as a real crisis allows adaptation planning to become a form of emergency preparedness - concrete measures designed to deal with existing problems underscoring - the fact that the impacts are only likely to become worse in many parts of the country. Moreover, reframing climate change adaptation in the water context as emergency preparedness could productively shift the focus of adaptation strategies to the survival of communities as functional communities—that is, as something more than the mere physical survival of individual humans. Such reframing would also allow recognition that communities are coupled socio-ecological systems, dependent on the surrounding natural resources—like water—and the ecosystem services that they provide."