Western Governors Drought/Wildfire Briefing


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Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps Western Governors Drought/Wildfire Briefing Situation Room Friday, June 12, 2015 11:30-12:30pm 1


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Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps AGENDA 11:30 – 11:35: Welcome/Introductions 11:35 – 11:40: Meeting Overview 11:40 – 12:00: Presentations- Drought & Wildfire 12:00 – 12:30: Discussion 2


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Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps Reduced Snowpack Levels 2010-2015 5


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Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps El Nino Forecast and Impacts 6


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Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps Department of Labor: Assistance for Dislocated Workers National Dislocated Worker Grant to provide up to $18 million for temporary jobs to 1,000 drought affected workers in CA Temporary positions: 6 months,$10.50/hour; employed by public/nonprofit agencies working on drought mitigation. Dislocated Worker Grant Eligibility: Western states with USDA Secretarial Disaster Designation that can document economic impact and job losses are eligible to apply for these grants. 7


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Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps National Drought Resilience Partnership Federal interagency partnership that supports community drought resilience and response strategies. USDA, NOAA, DOI, FEMA, EPA, DOE & USACE One-stop shop for drought assistance: dedicated phone line: 202-564-8086 & www.drought.gov 8


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Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps California Enhanced Operational Flexibilities (State Permit Amendment – 300,000 af; 2015 Drought Contingency Plan) Increase Coordination and Flexibility in Water Allocations (e.g. New agreements to share/market water) Improve Drought Monitoring, Planning, Tools Klamath River Basin (California & Oregon) Promote conservation, implement Water User Mitigation Program, support water transfers Washington – Yakima Basin Increased coordination with State and Yakama Nation Facilitate potential water rights transfers Manage reservoir system to maximize storage refill in spite of record low snowpack Colorado River Basin (7 States) Strengthen Drought Contingency Planning with seven Basin States System-wide Conservation Pilot Program ($11M Program) Minute 319 (Agreement with Mexico) New Mexico – Rio Grande & Pecos River Close coordination with State, Native American pueblos, and water users Facilitate water transfers and leases to balance demands and ESA requirements Manage releases to provide spawning flows for silvery minnow Drought Response on the Ground 9


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Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps Strategic Investments $50M in Western drought relief (Feb 2015) $6.5M for Agricultural Water Use Efficiency Grants & CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grants (June 2015) $60.1M in WaterSMART in FY 2015, which includes: $49.5M for WaterSMART Grants and Title XVI Reuse Program Leveraged by more than $180M in non-federal cost share Funding provided in 12 Western states 93,000 acre feet expected to be conserved or created $2M for Basin Studies $5M for new Drought Response Program (Planning/Actions) Data Sharing/Open Water Data Initiative 10


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Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps Near-Term Response Farm Bill & Drought Agricultural Disaster Assistance (FSA) $4.3B billion in Livestock Forage Program in WGA states, 2012-2014 $13.7 million in Emergency Conservation Program, 2014 Community Water Assistance (RD) $9.7 million to CA in Emergency Community Water Grants, 2014 Conservation Practices (NRCS) $35 million in 2014, and $21 million in 2015 Environmental Quality Incentives Program Crop Insurance (RMA) Expanding drought related yield exclusions to increase crop insurance payouts to producers 11


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Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps Long Term Resilience Conservation Initiatives (NRCS, USFS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Soil Health Initiative Two Chiefs Joint Landscape Restoration Initiative Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Research ARS – water efficiency and plant genetics research NIFA- cooperative extension support, AFRI Water Challenge Grants NRCS – Conservation Innovation Grants Climate Hubs Regional technical support Farm Bill & Drought 12


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Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps Fire Potential Outlook 13


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Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps Fire Potential Outlook 14


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Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps 14,000 firefighters 150+ Helicopters Up to 21 next generation & legacy large air tankers 15


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Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps NOAA 16


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Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps Unsustainable Fire Transfer 17


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Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps Questions & Answers 18


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