Western Governors urge House leadership to reauthorize the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) program, calling it “a vital tool in western water management, promoting a coordinated and integrated approach to coping with future drought.”
The August 29, 2018 letter to Committee on Science, Space and Technology Chairman Lamar Smith and Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson references Western Governors’ involvement in the creation and implementation of the program in 2006.
“Water users throughout the West – including farmers, ranchers, tribes, land managers, business owners, recreationalists, wildlife managers, and decision-makers at all levels of government – must be able to assess the risks of drought before its onset to make informed decisions and implement effective mitigation measures,” states the letter signed by WGA Chair Hawaii Gov. David Ige and WGA Vice Chair North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum.
“Western Governors continue to support the NIDIS program and urge the Committee to make its reauthorization a legislative priority in 2018.”