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<br />*N ote: A Drought Mitigation Plan & Water <br />Conservation Plan are two vastly different <br />plans. <br />A Drought Mitigation Plan addresses <br />the measures and responses needed in an <br />emergency to prepare, monitor and mitigate <br />the effects of a drought. <br />A Water Conservation Plan outlines <br />how a water management entity or user will <br />improve water efficiency over the long-term <br />and how this fits their overall water <br />management needs. <br /> <br />. Identify and assess drought mitigation <br /> <br />measures. <br /> <br />. Assess, revise or create policy related to key <br />areas that impact drought mitigation. <br /> <br />What Needs To Be Considered in a <br /> <br />Local Drought Mitigation Plan? <br /> <br />. Establish a local Drought Planning Advisory <br />group that combines entities & stakeholders <br />that can influence preparation & <br />implementation. <br /> <br />. Maintain an ongoing public education and <br />awareness program related to water supply, <br />water conservation and drought preparedness. <br />. Define goals and objectives help focus the <br />plan, defme criteria for water shortages & <br />define what actions a utility and community <br />will take in advance of a water shortage: <br />. Develop a profile of the community's water <br />supply and demand situation: Identify water <br />supply sources, assess community water <br />demand, compare demand with safe yield <br />sources & forecast potential deficit indicators. <br />. Perform a vulnerability assessment of the <br />water supply system regarding seniority of <br />water rights, reliability of infrastructure, <br />availability of alternative supplies, and <br />flexibility of water demand to identify key <br />resource needs, and to support relevant <br />policy, emergency response and public <br />education and awareness needs. <br />. Define specific drought indicators or triggers. <br />Commonly used indicators include the Palmer <br />Index, reservoit storage, stream flow <br />conditions, groundwater levels and <br />precipitation. <br /> <br /> <br />Arkansas Valley, North of Penrose- Photo by William E. Green <br /> <br />For more information contact Veva McCaig at the CWCB at (303) 866-3339. <br />1313 Sherman Street, Room 721, Denver, CO 80203 <br />Phone: (303) 866-3441. Fax: (303) 866-4474 <br />Website : <br />