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USACE Releases a Report on Western Drought Contingency Actions

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Report to Congress: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Western Drought Contingency Actions

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA. Droughts are a normal, recurrent feature of climate that occurs in all climate zones, and can last anywhere from one month to more than six months. They are significant meteorological, social, and economic events in most parts of the world. In passing the Energy and Water Appropriations Act of 2016 (H.R. 2029, P.L. 114-113), Congress requested that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) provide to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress a report addressing Western drought contingency planning for any Western state subject to a gubernatorial drought declaration during water year 2015.

USACE has released a report to Congress on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Western Drought Contingency Actions. The report presents the requested information in the context of USACE water management and drought contingency planning. It characterizes the water year 2015 drought, including the locations affected by gubernatorial drought declarations; discusses USACE water management policies addressing water control manuals, drought contingency plans, and deviations; and presents the requested information. Climate change impacts on the frequency and magnitude of drought are presented to provide background for USACE actions to improve preparedness and resilience to Western drought.

The report was prepared by the USACE Hydrology, Hydraulics, and Coastal Community of Practice; Climate Preparedness and Resilience Community of Practice; and Water Supply Working Group.


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