ORNL Contributes to Second SECURE Water Act Report to Congress
Analyzes Impact of Climate Change on Federal Hydropower
Scientists within ORNL’s Energy-Water Resource Systems team and Climate Chance Science Institute provided key data to the 2017 DOE SECURE Water Act Section 9505 Report to Congress. The findings indicate a need to allocate water use more cautiously in response to the trend of earlier snowmelt and change in runoff seasonality. ORNL researchers provided metrics on historic hydrologic observations and hydropower facility characteristics to support model development, calibration, and verification. The 9505 Assessment Report will be used to help policy makers evaluate potential climate change effects across the United States’ hydropower fleet.