CWCB Drought and Water Supply Assessment

Chapter Seven

Tools for Managing Drought at a Local Level
Sasha Charney and Richard Pinkham


Chapter 7 presents the tools available to local communities to prepare for and manage the effects of drought, with a focus on the development of policies and procedures that will aide organizations and individuals during periods of scarce water supply. A brief introductory section divides drought management into drought mitigation and drought response, and outlines six key areas of drought management. Additional sections discuss each of the key areas, followed by a table presenting a list of drought management tools drawn from existing plans and planning guidelines available locally and nationally. The table indicates whether the tools are applicable to long-term mitigation or short-term drought response, and whether they help to increase supply, to reduce water use, or to provide other drought management benefits. Finally, a discussion on how local entities may best develop drought management plans is presented.

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Table of Contents | Introduction | Acknowledgements | Executive Summary
Section One Chapters 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8
Section Two Chapters 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17
Appendices A | B | C | List of Acronyms | Maps | Glossary

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“Immediate and long-term impacts of drought are typically experienced most strongly at a local level, such as within a local water district, municipal jurisdiction, or ranch or farm.”

Excerpt, Chapter Seven



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