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Governor's Drought and Water Supply Advisory Committee

2019 Meetings

2018 Meetings

  • August 16
    Agenda | Presentations
  • July 26
    Agenda | Presentations
  • June 19
    Agenda | Presentations 


    2017 Meetings

    2016 Meetings

    River near agriculture land

    Drought management in Montana starts with individual water users and builds from there to the local, regional and state levels.  At the state level, the Governor's Drought and Water Supply Advisory Committee serves as a clearinghouse for information on water supply conditions and drought mitigation actions.

    The Drought Advisory Committee is chaired by the Lieutenant Governor, and consists of representatives from the departments of Natural Resources and Conservation; Agriculture; Commerce; Fish, Wildlife, and Parks; Military Affairs; Environmental Quality; and Livestock. Its responsibilities include developing a state drought management plan, performing monthly water supply assessments, reporting on local impacts, identifying mitigation strategies, and directing financial, technical and human resources to assist in regional and local drought management efforts. (MCA § 2-15-3308).

    According to Lieutenant Governor, Mike Cooney, "The whole point of planning for drought is to be sure the state, as well as local communities, are properly prepared to address the consequences of water-short times, which impact everybody." 

    With increasing demands on already limited water resources, wise and efficient water use is critical. Through proactive, locally-initiated drought planning, federal and state resources can be harnessed to build long-term drought resilience as well as short-term emergency preparedness.

    Current Members:

    Governor's Office, Lt. Governor Greg Gianforte, Chair

    Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Amanda Kaster

    Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Stephen Begley

    Department of Environmental Quality, John Dilliard

    MT Disaster and Emergency Services, Janelle Okeson

    Department of Livestock, Mike Honeycutt

    Department of Agriculture, Benjamin Thomas

    Department of Commerce, Bruce Brensdal