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Draft Drought Evaluation Criteria

The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public comment on its draft Drought Response Program evaluation criteria. This new program, based on its existing drought authorities, will provide funding for drought contingency planning, implementation of projects to build long-term resiliency to drought and implementation of emergency drought actions. More...

Draft Criteria


Reclamation States Emergency Drought Relief Act of 1991, Public Law 102-250, 106, Stat. 53, as amended

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.

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 eligible for Title II planning assistance.

Drought Program Contacts


Avra Morgan
Reclamation Drought Coordinator
Bureau of Reclamation, 84-51000
PO Box 25007
Denver, CO 80225-0007
Phone: 303-445-2906
Fax: 720-544-4207

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

Sheryl Looper
Acting Regional Drought Coordinator, MP-400
Federal Office Building - 2800 Cottage Way
Sacramento, CA 95758
Phone: 916-978-5556

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: February 11, 2015