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Re: Drought Emergency




check with the National Drought Mitigation Center
http://drought.unl.edu/ndmc/

definitions aplenty
http://drought.unl.edu/ndmc/plan/define.htm and
http://drought.unl.edu/enigma/def2.htm

ry

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                    "Donald Sutherland"                                                                                                 
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I am researching the Drought in the  US.

This spring several Governors and Mayors have  declared their regions to be
in a Drought Emergency (the highest warning  category).

What is a Drought Emergency?

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture defines Drought  Emergency in terms of crop
damage.

My question is what constitutes a Drought Emergency  in the spring, and if
it is based on reservoir, ground and surface water  levels, and wildfire
forest status what phase of Drought category would follow  an Emergency
category in the Summer months if rain precipitation is low  and water
consumption increases?

Thanks for your help.

Cheers,
Donald Sutherland
Member of the Society of Environmental  Journalists
donaldsutherland-iso14000@worldnet.att.net