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Improving the Federal Response to Western Drought: Five Areas for Reform
Jeffrey Mount, Ellen Hanak, Caitrin Chappelle, Bonnie Colby, Richard Frank, Greg Gartrell, Brian Gray, Douglas Kenney, Jay Lund, Peter Moyle, and Leon Szeptycki

February 2016

Coping with drought is a major challenge for the American West. The federal government is deeply involved in western water. The latest widespread drought has revealed both strengths and weaknesses in the federal role. This report proposes five pragmatic, near-term reforms that would enhance existing federal capacities and help western states better manage drought.

Read a summary of the reportís policy recommendations.

This research was supported with funding from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.



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