About the Drought Forum

Nevada Drought Forum Recommendations Report

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Executive Order

Governor Sandoval established the Nevada Drought Forum on April 8, 2015 to bring together the best minds, managers and all interested stakeholders to assess the drought in Nevada, identify best conservation practices and policy needs, and make recommendations to the Governor regarding next steps.  In his Order, Governor Sandoval also mandated full water audits of State facilities and implementation of water conservation strategies at State facilities. Additionally, Governor Sandoval urged local governments and private citizens to conduct similar audits and conserve water in consultation with local water authorities.

The Nevada Drought Forum was established to:

  1. Build on the 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.

View the Governor's Executive Order


Nevada Drought Forum Schedule


May 2015

  • State agencies provide summary of current and planned actions, and related authorities pertaining to drought to Nevada Drought Forum
  • Municipal water providers and Federal agencies provide summary of current and planned actions related to drought and drought conditions to the Nevada Drought Forum

June 2015

  • Nevada Drought Forum Receives
    • Agency Reports of Current Actions
  • Western Governors’ Drought Forum
    • Final Report Released

July and August 2015

  • Nevada Drought Forum outlines topics and objectives for stakeholder discussions, and issues additional call for specific information
  • Interested stakeholders respond to call for information from Nevada Drought Forum and provide Nevada Drought Forum current actions and challenges
  • Nevada Drought Forum Summary of Agency Reports of Current Actions

September 2015

  • 21-23: Drought Summit in Carson City

November 1, 2015

  • Nevada Drought Forum delivers final written report to the Governor