The Chairman’s Initiative of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, launched in 2014, fostered a regional dialogue in which states shared best practices on drought policy, preparedness and management. WGA continues to develop an online drought resource library, including webinars and drought tools.
The 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. This video report is a road map to the ever-growing online resource of best practices and case studies being created and is arranged around seven key themes that emerged during the first year of the Drought Forum.
The 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.
Governor Mary Fallin hosted the first workshop of the Western Governors' Drought Forum on Sept. 18-19, 2014 at the National Weather Center in Norman, Okla. "Managing Drought in the Energy Sector,” examined the challenges facing the energy sector in a period of drought.
This webinar explored the technological and regulatory obstacles to utilizing re-used, produced, and brackish water. The panel was moderated by Michael Teague, Oklahoma Secretary of Energy & Environment. The panelists: Dr. Jeri Sullivan Graham: New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department's Brackish Water Work Group/Los Alamos National Laboratory; Paul Swaim: Vice President, Senior Principal Technologist and Deputy Global Service Leader for Drinking Water & Reuse, CH2M HILLL; Ken Knox, Senior Advisor & Water Resources Manager, Noble Energy. View, download the presentation slides
Recent drought throughout the West has affected economies and communities in ways both visible and hidden. Fallowed fields, bare streambeds and near-empty reservoirs provide stark reminders of drought’s effects, but they do not tell the full story. Read the Executive Summary and Year-One report of the Western Governors’ Drought Initiative.
Building on the success from the first year of the Western Governors' Drought Forum, Governor Sandoval established the Nevada Drought Forum to bring together stakeholders and water managers across the state to assess the drought in Nevada, identify best practices and policy needs, and make next step recommendations to the Governor. Find more information on the Nevada Drought Forum.