The Extra Mile in Drought Planning

What You'll Learn

  • Access and use research and scientific resources that can advance watershed management and drought mitigation planning to create more drought-resilient regions and communities.
  • Learn about significant best management practice innovations, such as the use of drought monitoring and triggers, and integration of drought into the community planning framework.
  • Focus on new methods of engaging non-traditional stakeholders in the drought issue and explaining what is at stake for them.


Learn why advances in drought planning are important to planners and communities.

Using case studies and examples from the Midwest and the West, speakers highlight unique features of the plans they present and advances in drought planning that are preparing communities for droughts in the 21st century:

  • Jeff Henson has worked with natural resource districts in Nebraska and watershed management plans in Iowa to address water management and drought mitigation needs at multiple scales.
  • Darion Mayhorn has worked with the Bureau of Reclamation for years in western states and discusses the unique issues of more arid regions there.
  • Jim Schwab led the APA Hazards Planning Center in collaborations with the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) and has spoken on issues involving how climate change will affect regions vulnerable to prolonged drought.

Learn from their discussion of innovations in drought planning that are allowing communities to become more climate-resilient while improving the integration of current data into planning, improving the implementation of drought and water management plans, and creating state and regional governance mechanisms to address these problems.