The following is excerpted from the October 15, 2002 Future Water Needs Task Group Report for the Central Puget Sound Water Initiative. The report identifies eight information assessment needs for the Initiative. For more information on the Central Puget Sound Water Initiative, please see http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wr/CentralPugetSoundWI/cpswihome.html.

"Information Assessment 7: Climate Change Impact
A great deal of general information has been developed that indicates that current trends in climate change could result in reduced snow pack and associated runoff. This could have a direct impact to the large water suppliers that depend upon surface supplies in the Central Puget Sound Region. This may also impact groundwater supplies over time.

The Task Group recommends that the State initiate a targeted research effort to evaluate the potential impacts to water supplies in the region. Academic institutions in partnership with the State and local governments and utilities in the region should conduct this effort."