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Western Governors Drought/Wildfire Briefing

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Western Governors Drought/Wildfire Briefing

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Western Governors Drought/Wildfire Briefing

  1. Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps Western Governors Drought/Wildfire Briefing Situation Room Friday, June 12, 2015 11:30-12:30pm 1
  2. Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps AGENDA 11:30 – 11:35: Welcome/Introductions 11:35 – 11:40: Meeting Overview 11:40 – 12:00: Presentations- Drought & Wildfire 12:00 – 12:30: Discussion 2
  3. Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps 3
  4. Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps 4
  5. Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps Reduced Snowpack Levels 2010- 2015 5
  6. Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps El Niño Forecast and Impacts 6
  7. Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps Department of Labor: Assistance for Dislocated Workers  National Dislocated Worker Grant to provide up to $18 million for temporary jobs to 1,000 drought affected workers in CA  Temporary positions: 6 months,$10.50/hour; employed by public/nonprofit agencies working on drought mitigation.  Dislocated Worker Grant Eligibility: Western states with USDA Secretarial Disaster Designation that can document economic impact and job losses are eligible to apply for these grants.
  8. Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps National Drought Resilience Partnership • Federal interagency partnership that supports community drought resilience and response strategies. • USDA, NOAA, DOI, FEMA, EPA, DOE & USACE • One-stop shop for drought assistance: dedicated phone line: 202-564-8086 & www.drought.gov 8
  9. Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps California • Enhanced Operational Flexibilities (State Permit Amendment – 300,000 af; 2015 Drought Contingency Plan) • Increase Coordination and Flexibility in Water Allocations (e.g. New agreements to share/market share/market water) • Improve Drought Monitoring, Planning, Tools Klamath River Basin (California & Oregon) • Promote conservation, implement Water User Mitigation Program, support water transfers Washington – Yakima Basin • Increased coordination with State and Yakama Nation • Facilitate potential water rights transfers • Manage reservoir system to maximize storage refill in spite of record low snowpack Colorado River Basin (7 States) • Strengthen Drought Contingency Planning with seven Basin States • System-wide Conservation Pilot Program ($11M Program) • Minute 319 (Agreement with Mexico) New Mexico – Rio Grande & Pecos River • Close coordination with State, Native American pueblos, and water users • Facilitate water transfers and leases to balance demands and ESA requirements • Manage releases to provide spawning flows for silvery minnow Drought Response on the Ground
  10. Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps Strategic Investments  $50M in Western drought relief (Feb 2015)  $6.5M for Agricultural Water Use Efficiency Grants & CALFED Water Use Efficiency Grants (June 2015)  $60.1M in WaterSMART in FY 2015, which includes: • $49.5M for WaterSMART Grants and Title XVI Reuse Program o Leveraged by more than $180M in non-federal cost share o Funding provided in 12 Western states o 93,000 acre feet expected to be conserved or created • $2M for Basin Studies • $5M for new Drought Response Program (Planning/Actions)  Data Sharing/Open Water Data Initiative
  11. Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps Near-Term Response Farm Bill & Drought • Agricultural Disaster Assistance (FSA) $4.3B billion in Livestock Forage Program in WGA states, 2012-2014 $13.7 million in Emergency Conservation Program, 2014 • Community Water Assistance (RD) $9.7 million to CA in Emergency Community Water Grants, 2014 • Conservation Practices (NRCS) $35 million in 2014, and $21 million in 2015 Environmental Quality Incentives Program • Crop Insurance (RMA) Expanding drought related yield exclusions to increase crop insurance payouts to producers
  12. Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps Long Term Resilience • Conservation Initiatives (NRCS, USFS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Soil Health Initiative Two Chiefs Joint Landscape Restoration Initiative Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) • Research ARS – water efficiency and plant genetics research NIFA- cooperative extension support, AFRI Water Challenge Grants NRCS – Conservation Innovation Grants • Climate Hubs Regional technical support Farm Bill & Drought
  13. Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps Fire Potential Outlook 13
  14. Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps Fire Potential Outlook 14
  15. Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps 14,000 firefighter s150+ Helicopters Up to 21 next generation & legacy large air tankers 15
  16. Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps NOAA 16
  17. Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps Unsustainable Fire Transfer 16% 84 % FY 1995 Forest Service Appropriations: Fire vs. Non-Fire Fire 16% Non-Fire 84% 52 % 48 % FY 2015 Forest Service Appropriations: Fire vs. Non-Fire Fire 52% 1
  18. Champions of Change: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security September 24th, 2013 #WHChamps Questions & Answers 18

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