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Drought Forum Webinar Series

The Western Governors’ Drought Forum Webinar Series offered in-depth discussions featuring water and drought management experts. Watch recordings of the webinars below, and keep an eye on this page for updates about future webinars.


Once Marginal, Now Crucial: The Growing Demand for Re-used, Produced, and Brackish Water 

This webinar explored the technological and regulatory obstacles to utilizing re-used, produced, and brackish water. The panel was moderated by Michael Teague, Oklahoma Secretary of Energy & Environment. The panelists: Dr. Jeri Sullivan Graham: New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department's Brackish Water Work Group/Los Alamos National Laboratory; Paul Swaim: Vice President, Senior Principal Technologist and Deputy Global Service Leader for Drinking Water & Reuse, CH2M HILLL; Ken Knox, Senior Advisor & Water Resources Manager, Noble Energy.

Community Outreach and Consumer Technology for Municipal Water Use

The webinar highlighted how utilities, technology developers, NGOs, and citizens are teaming up to reduce municipal consumption of water. The panel was moderated by Dave McGimpsey, host of the Water Values Podcast and Special Counsel, Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP. Panelists were: Robb Barnitt, Founder & CEO, Dropcountr; Jeff Tejral, Manager of Water Conservation at Denver Water; Nicole Seltzer, Executive Director, Colorado Foundation for Water Education.

Tip of the Spear: The Horizon for Drought Data and Technology

The webinar examines how scientists use data to understand drought and help policymakers anticipate dry conditions. Panel moderator was Tony Willardson, Executive Director of Western States Water Council. Panelists included Terry Fulp, Lower Colorado Regional Director, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation; Michael Strobel, Director, National Water and Climate Center, NRCS; Deke Arndt, Chief, Climate Monitoring Branch, NOAA/NCDC; Rebecca Moore, Engineering Manager, Google Earth Outreach & Earth Engine at Google.

Managing Forest Health for Water Resources

The webinar explored the latest science on forest management practices that may increase water availability and add security to water portfolios. The moderator was Ken Pimlott, California State Forester and Director of CAL FIRE. Panelists included: Alan Hook, Project Manager, Santa Fe Municipal Watershed Management Plan and Water Resources Coordinator, City of Santa Fe; Marcos Robles, Conservation Science Specialist, The Nature Conservancy; Don Boucher, Project Manager, Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project, United States Forest Service.

Why Variation in Hydrology and Legal Structures means that Drought Looks Different across the West

This webinar highlighted how solutions tailored to the needs of specific communities couldn be utilized across the region. The moderator was Jason King, Nevada State Engineer. Panelists included: Sharon Megdal, Director of the Water Resources Research Center at the University of Arizona; Jack Berger, Vice President, Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts, owner of Berger Ranches; Frank Belock, Deputy General Manager, San Diego County Water Authority.

Other Webinars of Interest

Take a look at other webinars related to drought and water resources in the West. 

  • CALCalifornia Institute for Water Resources: This webinar series is presented by the University of California, Agricultural and Natural Resources, with support from the California Department of Water Resources. It provides insight on drought impacts and management related to a variety of fields and industries. 
  • NIDIS Regional Drought WebinarsThis webinar series examines current drought conditions and impacts on a regional level across the United States. 
  • American Water Works AssociationAWWA LOGOThis webinar series provides educational programs on a variety of issues pertaining to water quality and water treatment. Webinars will provide insight from industry leaders as well as case studies in water quality response.
  • Water Research Foundation Drought Webcast SeriesThe WRF Webcast series was designed for utilities to learn about and adapt industry leading drought practices and tools for utility-specific needs and conditions. 
  • AGI Logo Tagline 300American Geosciences Institute - Critical Issues WebinarsThe American Geosciences Institute Critical Issues Program hosts webinars that bring geoscientists and decision makers together to discuss potential solutions to a variety of challenges at the interface of geoscience and society.

The Western Governors’ Drought Forum initiative is being conducted in partnership with NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System