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5/14/2012 - More than half of states unprepared for water issues


Many areas are not prepared for the impact of climate change.

A new study indicates that only a handful of states have taken appropriate precautions to guard against the damage that can result from high water levels.

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, nine states have taken "comprehensive steps" to ensure they are protected from the vulnerabilities high water levels can bring because of climate change. Twenty-nine states are considered unprepared.

The report, "Ready or Not: An Evaluation of State Climate and Water Preparedness Planning" found that roughly 60% of states have done little or nothing at all to guard against water issues that might occur as a result of climate abnormalities.

Steve Fleischli, director of NRDC's water and climate division, said state officials should be taking preventive action, such as encouraging homeowners to secure flood insurance.

"Rising temperatures and more extreme weather events are impacting our families, our health and our pocketbooks," said Fleischli. "Preparing for the impacts of a changing climate requires that states confront reality, and prioritize climate change adaptation to reduce local water risks and create healthier communities."

For more information about NRDC's Ready or Not and to find out what your state is doing to prepare against water issues, go to http://www.nrdc.org/water/readiness.

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