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Monitoring Sub-Committee (MSC)

The Monitoring Sub-Committee of the Governor's Drought and Water Supply Advisory Committee (DWSAC) is a group of experts from a variety of agencies who volunteer their time to help the state assess drought and water supply conditions in Montana on a monthly basis.

The MSC meets around the 10th of each month year-round to assess conditions, based on the best information available, of the preceding month. This information is compiled into a map and shared with the United States Drought Monitor (USDM), media contacts and interested parties in Montana.

Members of the MSC also attend the Governor's DWSAC in-person meetings to provide further insight on water supply conditions in Montana.

To be added to the list of people who receive the monthly maps of the MSC please contact .  

Monitoring Sub-Committee (MSC) Members:

Ray Nickless Hydrologist National Weather Service
Don Britton Meteorologist-In-Charge National Weather Service
Megan Syner Warning Coordination Meteorologist National Weather Service
Keith Meyer Meteorologist-In-Charge National Weather Service
Lucas Zukiewicz Water Supply Specialist Natural Resource Conservation Service, Montana Snow Survey
Eric Sommer State Statistician USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Mountain Region - Montana
Alexander Dubish GIS Specialist USDA, Farm Service Agency, Montana State Office
Troy Blandford Water Information Systems Manager Montana State Library - Geographic Information
Katherine J. Chase, PE Hydrologist USGS Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center
Darren Knuteson Civil Engineer United States Bureau of Reclamation
Stephanie Micek Reservoir Operations United States Bureau of Reclamation, Montana Area Office
Mike Sweet Information Services Montana Climate Office
Kelsey Jensco State Climatologist Montana Climate Office
Eric Urban Water Quality Planning Bureau Chief Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Tom Patton Research Division Chief Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology
Vincent Archer Region 1 Soil Scientist National Forest Service
Zach Holden Ecologist University of Montana Department of Geology

Monthly Maps and Reports

How does the US Drought Monitor work in Montana?

Applications Used in making the United States Drought Monitor

Upcoming Events

2021 Water Commissioner Training

Water Commissioner Training will be held via Zoom in 2021 per COVID-19 guidelines. Training sessions are scheduled for April 7th and April 13th, 2021. To register contact Matt Norberg at 444-6041 or . Be sure to check out the Water Commissioner Information page.