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Governor's Drought and Water Supply Advisory Committee


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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 Mike Cooney, Chair

Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, John Tubbs

Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Stephen Begley

Department of Environmental Quality, John Dilliard

Department of Military Affairs, Marschal Rothe

Department of Livestock, Mike Honeycutt

Department of Agriculture, Christopher Kelley

Department of Commerce, Bruce Brensdal