New webinars cover tribal water issues, drought in SW, Southern Plains
Infographic of drought impact on tourism revenue in Colorado
Photo credit: Timothy Benson 

Hot drought or new normal?
  When is Drought Not a Drought? Drought, Aridification and the "New Normal" is both the title and the question explored in a recent publication of the Colorado River Research Group. The paper looks at whether drought planners should shift attention from preparing for temporary droughts to looking at potentially ongoing transitions to drier environments.
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 Be part of the official conversation about the location and effects of #drought in the United States! Tweet photos and observations using #drought18, letting the National Drought Mitigation Center know how drought is affecting your home area. HINT: be sure that the location in your Twitter user profile is up-to-date.
Infographic of drought impact on tourism revenue in Colorado

A well-timed PAWSD
In 2017 the southwestern Colorado town of Pagosa Springs, the surrounding county of Archuleta, and the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District received a grant from the Sonoran Institute to attend its Growing Water Smart training. The training and a follow-up grant launched production of a PAWSD drought management plan that hadn't been updated and adopted in nearly ten years. The update was implemented not a moment too soon. For most of 2018 Archuleta County has been on the edge of a D4 drought bullseye over the Four Corners area. Click the button below to see the PAWSD drought plan, including area history, triggers and public notification templates.

Tourism - Recreation & Drought... 
Infographic of drought impact on tourism revenue in Colorado
Drought can have a dramatic impact on tourist dollars. Due to extreme fire danger as the result of severe drought, the San Juan National Forest in Colorado was closed on June 12. It is the first time since 2002 that there has been a full closure of a national forest in the state.  To learn how the closure may affect the area economy, see the stats on tourism, recreation and drought in this infographic from the Colorado Water Conservation Board. 

Graphic courtesy of:
Colorado Water Conservation Board
Southern Plains Drought Webinar
Victor Murphy, National Weather Service, will report on drought conditions and outlooks related to the severe drought in CO, KS, NM OK and TX. 

June 27, 2018
10 to 11 a.m. MT
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Have you seen an innovative or interesting drought planning resource recently? Please drop us a line, and we'll share your find with drought planners across the country in an upcoming issue of 
Dry Horizons.

SW Drought and Monsoon Webinar
Experts in climatology and meteorology will provide up-to-date information on drought conditions and impacts, and monsoon predictions for the Southwest.

June 25, 2018
2 to 3 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.
Infographic of drought impact on tourism revenue in Colorado
Infographic of drought impact on tourism revenue in Colorado
Infographic of drought impact on tourism revenue in Colorado
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