September 21-22 and 28-29, 2021

2021 Southwest Drought Virtual Forum

Hosted by NOAA's National Integrated
Drought Information System (NIDIS)

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​Goals and Objectives

On September 21-22 and 28-29, NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) will host the 2021 Southwest Drought Virtual Forum to assemble stakeholders, decision-makers, and drought experts for a cross cutting dialogue on long-term implications of drought in the Southwestern United States, response and relief efforts across levels of government and sectors, with the goal of supporting communities and building long-term drought resilience in the region.

The Forum will address the following questions:


How did we get here? How bad is the drought, and when will it end?

  • The Forum will take stock of drought conditions over the past year and in the context of the past two decades of drought in the Southwest.

  • The Forum will illuminate the communities and ecosystems most at risk by drought.

What is already being done about it?

  • The Forum will deliver information about what activities and efforts are in place to build long-term drought resilience in the Southwest.

What more could be done that is not already being done?

  • The Forum will discuss new information needs and opportunities that help support the region’s proactive approach to drought risk management.

How do we work together to realize those new opportunities?

  • The Forum will provide an opportunity for high-level collaboration among officials from Federal, Tribal, state, and county-level governments, drought experts and decision-makers from drought-impacted regions and economic sectors, along with the private sector, and research institutions in an "all hands on deck" approach.

Desired Results

Our desired results from the Forum are to:

  • Realize an exchange of state-to-state and local best practices and innovative ideas to build drought resilience in the Southwest region, including those that address the most vulnerable communities and ecosystems.

  • Engage in discussion of timely, relevant Federal resources to support long-term drought resilience strategies.

  • Share insights from leading partners engaged in addressing drought in the Southwest region and suggest ways to address ongoing gaps in actionable information for decision-making.

  • Formulate recommendations for collaborative actions that bring additional resources to bear to address drought across the Southwest.

​Current Drought Conditions

Click on the links below for current drought conditions.

    1. Latest Drought Monitor

    2. Latest Seasonal Drought Outlook

​Read-Ahead Materials and Relevant News/Research

​Click on the links below for read-ahead materials (coming soon!) and relevant news, stories, and research.

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Planning Committee Members

Special recognition and thanks to the Southwest Drought Forum Planning Committee members for their time and dedication.

  • US Chamber of Commerce - Chuck Chaitovitz

  • American Water Works Association - David LaFrance

  • Walton Family Foundation - Ted Kowalski

  • Environmental Protection Agency - Roger Gorke

  • Colorado Water Conservation Board - Becky Mitchell

  • California Water Resources Control Board - Joaquin Esquivel

  • Western States Water Council - Tony Willardson

  • US Department of Agriculture - Gloria Montano

  • US Bureau of Reclamation - David Raff

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Brad Doorn

  • National Congress of American Indians - Dante Desiderio

  • National Association of Counties - Jonathan Shuffield

  • Public Policy Institute of California - Ellen Hanak

  • National Drought Mitigation Center - Mark Svoboda

  • Xcel Energy - Martin Doern

  • Western Resources Advocates - Bart Miller

  • NOAA Colorado Basin River Forecast Center - Michelle Stokes

  • Colorado River District - Dave Kanzar

  • NOAA - Roger Pulwarty