Reclamation's Biweekly Newsletter
October 5, 2018
The Bureau of Reclamation is proactively addressing drought. Through its Drought Response Program, Reclamation is supporting a proactive approach to drought by providing assistance to water managers to develop and update comprehensive drought plans and implement projects that will build long-term resiliency to drought.
Through contingency planning, Reclamation provides financial assistance on a competitive basis for applicants to develop a drought contingency plan or to update an existing plan. Most of these plans are structured to address the three following questions:
- How will we recognize the next drought in the early stages?
- How will drought affect us?
- How can we protect ourselves from the next drought?
The planning process is also structured to encourage an open and inclusive planning effort that employs a proactive approach to build long-term resiliency to drought.
Reclamation also funds projects that provide for drought resiliency. Drought resiliency can be defined as the capacity of a community to cope with and respond to drought. These projects assist communities prepare for and respond to drought. Typically, these types of projects are referred to as "mitigation actions" in a drought contingency plan.
Reclamation will fund projects that will build resiliency to drought by:
- Increasing the reliability of water supplies
- Improving water management
- Providing benefits for fish and wildlife and the environment
Reclamation continues to undertake emergency response actions under the Drought Response Program to minimize losses and damages resulting from drought. Emergency response actions are crisis driven actions in response to unanticipated circumstances.
Eligible emergency response actions are limited to temporary construction activities and other actions authorized under Title I that do not involve construction of permanent facilities, including water purchases and use of Reclamation facilities to convey and store water.
To learn more about the drought program, please visit www.usbr.gov/drought.