Western Governors have urged the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations to provide adequate funding for the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) in recognition of its significant role in western water management.
"Adequate measures to manage western water resources in the face of inevitable future drought conditions must be prioritized and implemented," notes the letter sent on June 30, 2017. "Serving a valuable role in western water management and drought response, the NIDIS program improves precipitation forecasts needed to provide early drought warning, and should be adequately funded."
The letter, signed by Western Governors’ Chair and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and WGA Vice Chair and South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, was sent to U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen and Ranking Member Nita Lowey.