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Water & Drought

Western Governors’ Drought Forum: Special Report

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Droght Forum Cover ImageThe Western Governors’ Drought Forum was launched by WGA Chairman and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval to enable a West-wide conversation about better anticipating and managing the impact of drought. The Forum collects best practices, case studies and the insights of western leaders on drought response in a Drought Forum online resource library. This report is a roadmap to that ever-growing online resource and is arranged around seven key themes that emerged during the first year of the Drought Forum.

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Water Transfers in the West

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Water Transfers ReportCities, industry, environmentalists and other water users are turning to voluntary, market-based water transfers as new demands stretch the West's limited water resources. The Western Governors passed a policy in 2011 recognizing the potential benefits of water transfers as well as concerns about the impacts of shifting water uses on rural communities.

This report from 2012 identifies leading practices for transferring water and highlights successful case studies from around the West. Water Transfers in the West helps states and practitioners share tools and identify the specific steps that states can consider in order to improve water transfer outcomes for agriculture, urban needs, and the environment.

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Water Resources Infrastructure Strategies

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Water Resources Infrastructure StrategiesThis 2011 report summarizes the findings and opinions expressed at the symposium "Western Water Resources Infrastructure Strategies: Identifying, Prioritizing and Financing Needs," held in November of 2010. More than 100 federal, state and local officials, private consultants, investment bankers and other  stakeholders gathered to discuss the challenges facing the West and the Nation.

No attempt has been made to develop or express any consensus. The findings and recommendations do not constitute the views or policy positions of the Western States Water Council or Western Governors, except as otherwise expressed in reports or formal WSWC and WGA policy statements.

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Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future: Next Steps

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water08The 2006 WGA report Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future contained wide-ranging recommendations to address the ever-increasing challenges associated with water management in the West.

This 2008 report is based on a multi-state effort that included six working groups, each of which was charged with developing findings and recommendations on various aspects of wildlife corridors and crucial habitat.

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Water Needs and Strategies for a Sustainable Future

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water06Governors identify water issues, such as the demands of population growth and energy needs, and make recommendations for dealing with those issues in this 2006 report. 

The findings note that the answers for these issues will need to come from a variety of sources, including local, state and federal entities.

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Creating A Drought Early Warning System for the 21st Century: NIDIS

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nidis 1With drought causing between $6 billion and $8 billion a year in direct estimated losses to the U.S. economy and devastating impacts on our society, Western Governors can't overlook the need for science to predict, monitor and mitigate this phenomenon.

The National Integrated Drought Information System created in 2006 will be a dynamic, accessible drought information system that provides users with the ability to determine the potential impacts of drought and the decision-support tools needed to prepare for and mitigate the effects of drought.

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Drought Response Action Plan

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droughtDrought is a normal part of the climate for virtually all regions of the United States, but it is of particular concern in the West, where any extended interruption of the region's already limited water supplies can produce devastating impacts.

This 1997 report reflects the desire of Western Governors to create a WGA Drought Task Force charged with, among other things, coordinating the drought response neeeds of Western states and sharing solutions that can be used by the states.

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