Support for drought response and community preparedness: Filling the gaps between plans and action

Kelly Helm Smith, Crystal J. Stiles, Michael J. Hayes, Christopher J. Carparelli

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This chapter examines which levels of government handle various aspects of drought, as well as interactions between levels of government, providing examples from states across the western United States. It also takes a look at aspects of drought that fall outside traditional lines of authority and disciplinary boundaries. As part of a discussion on how states support local drought response, the chapter details and contrasts how California and Colorado track public water supply restrictions, and describes Colorado’s process for incorporating input from river basins across the state into its water plan. Case studies focus on drought planning in the Klamath River and Upper Colorado River basins through the lens of collaborative environmental planning. The chapter concludes that drought planning will be more effective as more states coordinate and align goals and policies at multiple levels of government.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWater Policy and Planning in a Variable and Changing Climate
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781482227987
ISBN (Print)9781482227970
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Environmental Science
  • General Social Sciences
  • General Engineering


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