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Water Conservation - Drought Assistance

Drought AssistanceIn 1991, Congress established Reclamation's Drought Program to authorize emergency response and planning assistance that would minimize and mitigate losses and damages resulting from drought conditions.

Under Title I , Reclamation provides emergency drought assistance to states, including the following activities:

  • Purchase of water for threatened and endangered species
  • Pond construction for wildlife
  • Dike construction for wetlands
  • Well drilling

Under Title II, Reclamation provides assistance in the development, modification, or updating of cooperative drought contingency or water management plans. Reclamation also sponsors drought contingency planning workshops.