How Is Climate Change Affecting Water?

Climate change causes the weather events to be more intense and changes the typical patterns of cold, hot, wet and dry that we’ve experienced in the past.

The ability of existing roads to capture water from roads is strained during extreme rainstorms. Fast-flowing water alters the physical features of streams and lakes, causing erosion and sediment damage.

Too little water during times of drought stresses animals who live in the water, resulting in insufficient oxygen and temperature changes that stress aquatic life.

Higher temperatures also cause more evaporation, with roughly one degree increase in the thermometer resulting in about 4 percent more vapor. More moisture in the air results in heavier rain storms and more severe hurricanes and tornadoes.