The Nevada Drought Forum was established by Governor Sandoval on April 8, 2015. At the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) our goal is to foster the research and communication needed to best benefit our stakeholders.

NDA is actively involved in the partnership led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Integrated Drought Information Systems (NIDIS). NDA participates in the California-Nevada Drought Early Warning System (CA-NV DEWS) to foster networks improving drought early warning capacity and long-term drought resilience in Nevada. Collaborating with researchers from the Western Regional Climate Center located at the Desert Research Institute to coordinate and integrate drought research, building upon existing federal, tribal, state, and local partnerships.

The Nevada Drought Forum was established to:

  1. Build on activities of the existing Nevada Drought Response Committee;
  2. Evaluate key findings and next steps identified in the Western Governors' Drought Forum Final Report as they relate to Nevada;
  3. Meet with relevant stakeholders including, but not limited to, agricultural producers, municipal water suppliers, the industrial sector, recreation interests, Tribal Nations, and members of the general public; and
  4. Determine, with input from stakeholders and the public, the elements of a final report to the Governor.