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State Drought Planning

Statewide drought planning has been developed through the preparation and implementation of the Colorado Drought Mitigation and Response Plan (DMRP). In 2010, the DMRP went through a comprehensive revision and was again updated in 2013. The updated plan provides a blueprint for how the state will monitor, mitigate and respond to drought.

The plan consists of four components: monitoring, assessment, mitigation, and response. Monitoring is ongoing and accomplished, at a minimum, by regular meetings of the Water Availability Task Force (WATF).

The 2013 DMRP will also be used to incorporate drought planning into the Colorado Water Plan as it is developed over the next year.

Monitoring of current conditions, as outlined in the DMRP, is ongoing and accomplished, at a minimum, by regular meetings of the Water Availability Task Force (WATF).
The plan consists of four components: monitoring, assessment, mitigation, and response. Monitoring is ongoing and accomplished, at a minimum, by regular meetings of the Water Availability Task Force (WATF).

How is Colorado Monitoring the Effectiveness of Drought Planning?
In 2004, the CWCB undertook the Drought and Water Supply Assessment to improve the state’s understanding of drought and drought impacts on the Colorado water user community, given changing public perceptions, competing uses for water and the impacts of the 2002 drought. The Colorado Drought and Water Supply Update 2007 (CDWSU) was conducted to obtain new information on the current status of drought planning and preparedness, water conservation planning and programs, and water supply.

Drought Mitigation Response Plan Chart
The Colorado Drought Mitigation and Response Plan functions in three distinct phases, depending on the severity of the drought. The Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI), Surface Water Supply Index (SWSI), and the Colorado Modified Palmer Drought Severity Index (CMPDSI) help to inform which conditions exist within different areas of the state at any given time.

2013 State Drought Mitigation &
Response Plan

2013 DMRP (all appendices and annexes ~35 MB)


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