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Source/Author: Crystal Bergman - High Plains Regional Climate Center 08/05/14

Image © Wyoming Kids First of the Wind River Reservation

Tribal representatives from the Wind River Indian Reservation met with staff from the High Plains Regional Climate Center and the National Drought Mitigation Center at UNL on July 28-29 to discuss the need for drought planning and enhanced climate monitoring on the reservation. Located in west-central Wyoming, the Wind River Indian Reservation is home to the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone Native American tribes. Due to its rapidly-changing elevation and landscape, the reservation experiences a wide range of precipitation amounts. Devastating flooding on the reservation in 2010 and 2011, followed by persistent drought in 2012 and 2013, prompted tribal water resource officials to reevaluate climate monitoring and drought planning on the reservation. The HPRCC and the NDMC will collaborate to provide a quarterly climate and drought summary for the reservation’s irrigators, livestock producers, and water utilities. The two centers will also host a series of workshops on the reservation, the first of which will be held during fall 2014, to address the climate and drought summary, climate monitoring, and drought impacts reporting.

This project is a collaborative effort between the Wind River Indian Reservation, the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), the North Central Climate Science Center, the High Plains Regional Climate Center (HPRCC), and the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC).

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