Policy and Program Services
The Bureau of Reclamation's "Drought Program" was established after Public Law 102-250 was enacted in 1991. The legislation and history of the "Drought Program" and its accomplishments are discussed below.
- Applicable Legislation: Reclamation States Emergency Drought Relief Act of 1991, Public Law 102-250, 106, Stat. 53, as amended
- 2000 Amendment, P.L. 106-566
- 2006 Re-Authorization, P.L. 109-234
- 2010 Extension of Title I Authorization reads as follows (P.L. 111-212):
Sec. 404. (a) Section 104(c) of the Reclamation States Emergency Drought Relief Act of 1991 (43 U.S.C. 2214(c)) is amended by striking `September 30, 2010' and inserting `September 30, 2012' in lieu thereof.
(b) Section 301 of the Reclamation States Emergency Drought Relief Act of 1991 (43 U.S.C. 2241) is amended by striking `through 2010' and inserting `through 2012' in lieu thereof.
- Administering Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation
- Activities: The Act authorizes emergency response and planning assistance that would minimize and mitigate losses and damages resulting from drought conditions.
- Beneficiaries: Federal, State, tribal, and local entities.
Interim Directives & Standards
Reclamation is working to update and finalize the Drought Directives and Standards, which will be posted here when available. The drafts below are for reference only.
- Title I: Emergency Assistance
- Title I Flow Chart
- Title I Checklist
- Title I Appendix C
- Title II: Contingency Planning
- Title II: Flow Chart
- Title II: Checklist
Title I: Assistance During Droughts
Title I allows Reclamation to undertake activities that would minimize or mitigate drought damages or losses within the 17 Reclamation States including tribes within those states, and Hawaii. Any construction activities undertaken shall be limited to temporary facilities, with the exception of well construction.
Click here for the list of entities that are currently eligible to request Title I emergency drought assistance.
Title II: Drought Contingency Planning
Title II provides for assistance in drought planning. All 50 states and U.S. territories are eligile for Title II planning assistance.
Drought Program Contacts
|Great Plains Region:
Regional Drought Coordinator, GP-4600
PO Box 36900
Billings, MT 59107-6900
|Lower Colorado Region:
Regional Drought Coordinator, BC00-4231
PO Box 61470
Boulder City, NV 89006-1470
Acting Regional Drought Coordinator, MP-400
Federal Office Building - 2800 Cottage Way
Sacramento, CA 95758
|Pacific Northwest Region:
Regional Drought Coordinator, PN-6436
1150 N. Curtis Rd, Suite 100
Boise, ID 83706-1234
|Upper Colorado Region:
Regional Drought Coordinator, UC-430
125 S. State Street, Room 6107
Salt Lake City, UT 84138-1147