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U.S. vs Cape Town daily water usage
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On the road (map) again
Discover an array of solutions to water management challenges that integrate economic, environmental and social benefits. The One Water Roadmap, produced by the U.S. Water Alliance, supplements strategies for sustainability with case studies.  See Arena for Action #4, Sustainable Agricultural Systems, to learn how an application of adaptive management strategies helped a Wisconsin water treatment system save millions by forming watershed partnerships to improve water quality and reduce phosphorus levels. Or go to "Arena for Action #5, Social and Economic Inclusion" for case studies of infrastructure inequities and drought in California.
U.S. vs Cape Town daily water usage
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SCIPP your next climate plan
 The Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program recently released the Simple Planning Tool, a compilation of online interactive tools, maps and graphs for assessing long-term climate risks. SCIPP researchers worked directly with stakeholders to produce a resource that would meet the needs of decision-makers serving small- to medium-sized communities in Oklahoma. An Alabama version is next on the SCIPP agenda. 
U.S. vs Cape Town daily water usage

Texas did it. Now you don't have to.
Who doesn’t love a wheel they don’t have to reinvent? The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality created practically fill-in-the-blank “Model Drought Contingency Plan Forms” for users in five water sectors.  The forms provide elements such as definitions of terms, criteria for plan triggers, and sample language for public involvement. Could water suppliers, utilities or irrigation districts in your area use forms like these to improve their drought plans?

U.S. vs. Cape Town daily water usage

U.S. vs Cape Town daily water usage
It is easy to take water for granted when the supply is abundant. During times of water scarcity, each drop is worth its weight in gold. A team of students in the Masters of Public Health program at George Washington University created this educational graphic to show how far Capetonians' 13.2-gallon-per-day water allotment would go during an average day in a U.S. household.

Graphic credit: MPH@GW Staff
Southern Plains Drought Webinar
Climatologist Dave Dubois will report on drought conditions and outlooks and provide updates on ag impacts related to the severe drought in the Southern Plains.

May 21, 2018
9:30-10:30 a.m. MT
Asking our audience

Have you come across an innovative or interesting drought-planning resource recently? Let us share your findings with drought planners across the country in an upcoming issue of
Dry Horizons.

Southwest Drought Webinar
Experts in climatology and in wildfire will provide up-to-date information on conditions, impacts and outlooks related to the severe drought in the Southwest.

May 23, 2018
1 to 2 p.m. MT
The Drought Risk Management Resource Center conducts and applies research to improve drought resilience across the United States. It is a partnership between the National Integrated Drought Information System and the National Drought Mitigation Center, based at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. NIDIS supports the DRMRC through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sectoral Applications Research Program.
U.S. vs Cape Town daily water usage
U.S. vs Cape Town daily water usage
U.S. vs Cape Town daily water usage
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