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. The updated plan provides a blueprint for how the state will monitor, mitigate and respond to drought.
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
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
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.