Nevada Gov. Sandoval opens Drought Forum on water supply in Las Vegas

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Sandoval at Drought Forum PodiumGov. Brian Sandoval

MEETING SUMMARY: Read WGA's complete report on the meeting, and watch a video of the case study presented.

MEDIA COVERAGE: Read a story about the role of technology and policy in mitigating drought by Conor Shine of the Las Vegas Sun. Watch two TV reports on the meeting, one by Michael Stevens of 8NewsNow (CBS) and Sandra Gonzalez of News3 (NBC). Amy Joi O'Donoghue of the Deseret News also wrote about the Drought Forum in a story about water challenges in Utah.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval on Monday framed the enormous challenges caused by drought in the West, while also exhorting the "dream team" of experts attending the latest meeting of the Western Governors’ Drought Forum to find solutions to the issue.

Gov. Sandoval offered opening remarks at the two-day Drought Forum wokshop "Drought Impacts and Solutions for Water Supply Management," being held Monday and Tuesday (Dec. 8-9) at the Renaissance Hotel in Las Vegas.

The gathering organized by the Western Governors' Association (WGA) is the fourth held this year as part of the Drought Forum, the Chairman’s Initiative of Gov. Sandoval, who is WGA's Chairman.

Gov. Sandoval reminded the audience that while California has historic drought conditions and 97% of Nevada is experiencing some level of drought, most of the rest of the West also faces drought. As a result, the governor wants the Drought Forum to create a tool that can be used across the region, and continually updated.

"I didn't want to create a report in a binder gathering dust," the governor said of the work being done. "So we have created a living, breathing web archive that can be continually updated." (Visit the Drought Forum website.)

The goverRoger PulwartyRoger Pulwarty, NIDIS Directornor praised the invited attendees at the event, encouraging them to help find solutions. "We have a dream team of drought experts in the West -- and in America -- here to share best practices, help solve this challenge."

The first day of the Nevada meeting also included sessions on current drought conditions in the West and drought’s impact on water supply management. Each Drought Forum workshop highlights a case study. On Monday that was "Collaboration in Addressing Drought in Southern Nevada.

The Western Governors' Drought Forum fosters a regional dialogue where Western states and industry can share best practices on drought policy, preparedness and management. Participants at Drought Forum workshops identify ways to avoid and mitigate the impact of drought on communities, economies and the environment in a specific sector.

Previous workshops have been held in Norman, Okla., where the focus was drought's impact on energy, Tempe, Ariz. (energy, mining and manufacturing), and Sacramento, Calif. (agriculture).

The Western Governors’ Drought Forum includes an online resource library, a collection of best practices, case studies and news about drought that can be found on the WGA website.

You can find the latest news about drought and its impact on the West on our blog, and you can sign up for e-mail updates (select "Water and Drought" on this page).

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