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Drought Program


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.

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: 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

Ken Maxey
Reclamation Drought Coordinator
Bureau of Reclamation, 84-50000
PO Box 25007
Denver, CO 80225-0007
Phone: 303-445-2727
Fax: 303-445-6464

Great Plains Region:
Chris Murray
Regional Drought Coordinator, GP-4600
PO Box 36900
Billings, MT 59107-6900
Phone: 406-247-7757
Fax: 406-247-7793
Lower Colorado Region:
Tina Mullis
Regional Drought Coordinator, BC00-4231
PO Box 61470
Boulder City, NV 89006-1470
Phone: 702-293-8139
Fax: 702-293-8042
Mid-Pacific Region:
Kevin Clancy
Acting Regional Drought Coordinator, MP-400
Federal Office Building - 2800 Cottage Way
Sacramento, CA 95758
Phone: 916-978-5223
Fax: 916-978-5290
Pacific Northwest Region:
Megan Montague
Regional Drought Coordinator, PN-6436
1150 N. Curtis Rd, Suite 100
Boise, ID  83706-1234
Phone: 208-378-5396
Fax: 208-378-5305
Upper Colorado Region:
Jeff Painter
Regional Drought Coordinator, UC-430
125 S. State Street, Room 6107
Salt Lake City, UT 84138-1147
Phone: 801-524-3709
Fax: 801-524-3034

Last Updated: September 4, 2013