Achieving Resiliency to Drought

June 4, 2013 - 1:30pm - 3:00pmRegistration Closed
 "Achieving Resiliency to Drought," a nationwide webinar, will be held from 1:30pm-3:00pm EDT on Tuesday, June 4th, 2013, and will address the complex topic of adaptation to drought from a federal, state and local standpoint. Come hear Lisa Darby , from NOAA's Integrated Drought Information System, discuss the process of tracking drought across the U.S. and its implications for state, tribal, and local leaders facing water availability issues and the uncertainties of a changing climate. Ted Kowalski, of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, will speak about state efforts to ensure water availability in the face of drought through compacts and other mechanisms. Bob Steger with Denver Water will complete the panel by discussing adaptation efforts at the local level to respond to water supply shortages due to drought. EPA's Office of Strategic Environmental Management (OSEM) is the national host for this webinar, which is a component of the States-Tribes-EPA Climate Adaptation Symposium on planning and resources for climate change adaptation for states, tribes, and local governments-being held online during the first two weeks of June, 2013.
 Moderator: Laura Farris, Region 8 Climate Change Coordinator, EPA
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 Lisa Darby, Meteorologist, NOAA's National Integrated Drought Information System, Boulder, CO
 Value of the National Integrated Drought Information System to State, Tribal, and Local Officials
 Presentation: Slides MP4 File (21 minutes, 15.6 MB)
 Ted Kowalski, Interstate & Federal Section Section Chief, Colorado Water Conservation Board
 The Role of Water Compacts and Other Tools to Deal with Drought at the State Level
 Presentation: MP4 File (22 minutes, 12.7 MB)
 Bob Steger, Raw Water Supply Manager, Denver Water, Denver, CO
 Adaptation Efforts at the Local Level to Respond to Water Supply Shortages Due to Drought
 Presentation: Slides MP4 File (23 minutes, 13.7 MB)
 Question & Answer Recording: MP4 File (19 minutes, 9.72 MB)
 Follow Up Questions:
 Are there any drought preparedness programs for rural domestic and agricultural citizens that use groundwater wells? How many people are on wells?
 Denver Water is not familiar with any drought preparedness programs for rural domestic or agricultural citizens. We only supply municipal customers, and none of them receive groundwater.
 Do other states suffer a greater loss of precipitation under high warming scenarios? How might that affect Colorado and other states?
 I'm not sure about other states or other water providers. We at Denver Water, based on studies we've conducted with various researchers, believe that warming will result in less streamflow and less water supply, even if there is no change in precipitation. This is because evapotranspiration will increase as the climate warms.

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