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Division of Water

Division of Water
Drought Mitigation and Response Advisory Council

The Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Drought Mitigation and Response Advisory Council (DAC) are engaged in developing a state drought plan pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 109 (SJR 109).

The state Drought Mitigation and Response Plan defines a tiered approach to classifying drought severity using multiple “indicators” to assess the intensity and location of developing drought. These indicators include the Drought Monitor, Palmer Drought Index, Crop Moisture Index and precipitation and streamflow measurements.

The DAC met for the first time on May 29, 2008, in Frankfort and began the process of defining the scope and content of the plan and the planning process. This Web site has been created to house meeting information, presentations and related resource materials that are used in the work of the council.

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 First Meeting Information and Presentations – May 29, 2008

Drought Happens! Perspectives from Kentucky’s Past – A presentation that provides historical insight into the incidence of drought in Kentucky. Presented by Dr. Stuart A. Foster, state climatologist and director of the Kentucky Climate Center at Bowling Green University.
Drought Response in Kentucky – An introductory presentation on the basis for drought plan development given by Bill Caldwell, Kentucky Division of Water.
Elements of a Drought Response Plan – General overview of drought planning and goals for Kentucky’s drought plan to be considered by the council. Presented by Bill Caldwell, Kentucky Division of Water.
Roundtable Discussion Flip Chart – Abbreviated topical notes taken during the roundtable discussion.
Roundtable Discussion Summary – Notes taken from a recording of a roundtable discussion on drought issues and the needs that might be addressed in the state drought plan.

 Additional Drought Resources