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Nevada Drought Forum

    What's on this Page — The page contains press coverage and selected public comments provided to the Nevada Drought Forum. The Forum will be held on September 21, 22 and 23 in Carson City. Here is a link to the final report, which was issued in December 2015. [ See press coverage below]

    About the Drought Forum — The Nevada Drought Forum brings together some of the best minds in the water science, conservation, government and industry sectors to ensure that Nevada’s path forward is clear. The Forum provides an opportunity for all Nevadans — urban and rural, north and south — to come together to help address this most critical challenge. The drought forum consists of members of local water municipalities, state government, higher education, and climate experts. The Forum will also call for affected industries, communities and local and federal partners to join in the conversation. The Nevada Drought Forum was established to:
    1. Build on the activities of the existing Nevada Drought Response Committee;
    2. Evaluate key findings and next steps identified in the Western Governors’ Drought Forum Final Report as they relate to Nevada;
    3. Meet with relevant stakeholders including, but not limited to, agricultural producers, municipal water suppliers, the industrial sector, recreation interests, Tribal Nations, and members of the general public; and
    4. Determine, with input from stakeholders and the public, the elements of a final report to the Governor.
    Press Coverage:
    December 26, 2015 — New drought report could be road map for Nevada water policy — A panel of water experts that spent almost a year analyzing Nevada’s persistent drought has issued recommendations that could shape Gov. Brian Sandoval’s policy agenda in the coming year. The eight-member Nevada Drought Forum, which Sandoval commissioned in April, included water, agriculture, climate and emergency management officials who gathered information in a series of public meetings over the past year — AP [Print News Story ] [Read Executive Summary] [Read/Download the full report]

    August 20, 2015 — Drought panel told there’s forage, not water on Nevada range — Northern Nevada ranchers told a panel studying ongoing regional drought on Wednesday that there's a bumper crop of grass on the open range, and they want to be allowed to turn more cattle out to graze on it. Accounts of rains in recent months bringing wildflowers to northern parts of the state surfaced during a Nevada Drought Forum hosted by the state Department of Agriculture in Sparks — AP

    August 20, 2015 — Putting stock in trading water at forum — SPARKS: Water users in Eureka County’s Diamond Valley are going to soon be testing a market for trading water in the same way shares of companies are traded on a stock exchange. The goal is to try out a more flexible way for managing and using water that avoids some of the pitfalls of Nevada’s century old prior-appropriation water rights system, especially in areas such as Diamond Valley, where water is both seriously over pumped and over appropriated [Print PDF] — Nevada Appeal

    August 18, 2015 — Environmental group says limit growth to save water — CARSON CITY: The president of an environmental group has suggested limits on growth to conserve the state’s limited water resources and preserve residents’ quality of life. Abby Johnson, president of the Great Basin Water Network [GBWN], told Gov. Brian Sandoval’s Drought Commission that it should answer a simple question: “How many people can today’s proven water supplies and conservation techniques support?” [Print PDF] — Las Vegas Sun

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