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Governor’s Drought and Water Supply Advisory Committee to Meet June 1, 2022


Montana Drought Management Plan Drought Task Force – Meeting 4
Co-convened as the: Governor’s Drought and Water Supply Advisory Committee (DWSAC) June 1, 2022 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

In person: Montana State Capitol, Room 172 (or via Zoom)

Meeting objectives:
- Examine Montana’s current drought conditions
- Review drought plan progress: drought monitoring and operational/administrative framework
- Define and discuss drought stages and triggers for Montana: current use, geography, duration, limitations, recommendations

10:00 Welcome, Introductions and Drought Plan Updates Shawn Johnson, UM

10:10 Governor’s Drought and Water Supply Advisory Committee Business Current Conditions/Drought Status Troy Blandford, MT State Library Stream Gage Oversight Work Group update Stephen Begley, FWP

10:40 Drought Monitoring Zach Hoylman, MT Climate Office 11:00 Operational and Administrative Framework (OAF) for Drought Megan Burke, RESPEC OAF progress & next steps for Task Force Intro to drought stages and triggers 1995 plan: PDSI and SWSI triggers; Alert and Severe stages Drought Response Montana DES Current emergency declaration process & triggers

11:30 Discussion: Drought Task Force What type of stage system would be most effective? Recommendations for best triggers/indicators (e.g. USDM drought level; other?) How do we best reflect Montana’s geographic/climatic diversity in stages and triggers? Triggers are inherently response-oriented, but can we make them more proactive? What are limitations of triggers?

12:15 Public Comment

12:30 Adjourn

The Montana Drought Task Force:
Ian Foley, Department of Agriculture Bruce Brensdal, Department of Commerce Galen Steffens, Department of Environmental Quality Stephen Begley, Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks Mike Honeycutt, Department of Livestock Jake Ganieany, Department of Military Affairs – Emergency Services Anna Pakenham Stevenson, Department of Natural Resources and Conservation