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The North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council. http:// www.ncdrought.org. History. 1992: NC Drought Council created to coordinate as response to 1986-88 drought through NC Emergency Operations Plan 2002: Drought Council role is highlighted through media, legislative attention

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    1. The North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council http://www.ncdrought.org

    2. History • 1992: NC Drought Council created to coordinate as response to 1986-88 drought through NC Emergency Operations Plan • 2002: Drought Council role is highlighted through media, legislative attention • 2003: Formal statutory authority, name changed to DMAC, enhanced advisory role • Annual required reports, established Technical Drought Advisory Team with weekly monitoring • 2008: Refinement to membership, duties of DMAC as part of larger Drought Legislation

    3. Legislative Detail SECTION 16. G.S. 143-355.1 reads as rewritten: "§ 143-355.1. Drought Management Advisory Council; drought advisories. (a) The Department shall establish a Drought Management Advisory Council. The purposes of the Council are: (1) To improve coordination among local, State, and federal agencies; public water systems, as defined in G.S. 130A-313(10); and water users to improve the management and mitigation of the harmful effects of drought. (2) To provide consistent and accurate information to the public about drought conditions, on drought conditions to the State to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the Environmental Management Commission, the Secretary, the Environmental Review Commission, and the public. (b) The Department shall invite each of the following organizations to designate a representative to serve on the Council: (1) North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. (2) State Climate Office at North Carolina State University. (3) Public Staff of the Utilities Commission. (4) Wildlife Resources Commission. (5) Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. (6) Department of Commerce. (7) Department of Crime Control and Public Safety. (8) National Weather Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States Department of Commerce. (9) United States Geological Survey of the United States Department of the Interior. (10) United States Army Corps of Engineers. (11) United States Department of Agriculture. (12) Federal Emergency Management Agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security. (b1) Representatives designated under subsection (b) of this section shall have expertise or responsibility in meteorology, groundwater and surface water hydrology, water system operation and management, reservoir management, emergency response, or another subject area related to assessment and management of drought impacts.

    4. The North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council Technical Drought Advisory Team

    5. The North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council Technical Drought Advisory Team Weekly GoToMeetings on Tuesday. Generally ~30 minutes with detailed reports to delineate drought conditions. Recommendations are sent to the US Drought Monitor author, typically as a graphical depiction accompanied by explanatory text.

    6. Streamflow & Groundwater Conditions

    7. Streamflow & Groundwater Conditions

    8. Streamflow & Groundwater Conditions

    9. 2007

    10. Ambient Monitoring System

    11. NC has 7 NWS offices

    12. Past week’s rainfall, monthly/seasonal update

    13. Short & Medium Range Forecast Tuesday PM

    14. Long Range Outlooks

    15. The North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council • Benefits and Advantages • Virtually all impacted agencies have input and are privy to the reasoning behind the final product. • Ensures that conflicting information is not distributed (e.g. media). • Reduces the number of contacts and minimizes conflicts that USDM authors must consider. • Coordination promotes healthy partnerships by encouraging collaboration in mission activities other than drought • E.g. scientific studies, request for speakers

    16. Exhibit: Drought Modeling Partner: DENR/NCDMAC Location: Exploratory Gallery - Modeling • Exhibit Purpose: • Showcase DENR’s drought monitoring project, particularly www.ncdrought.org. • Increase public awareness how drought issues are identified, monitored and managed • Use this project as an example of how scientific data are used to make policy decisions. • Increase awareness of proactive measures that the public can take to manage the impact of drought on their daily lives.

    17. NIDIS Southeast Testbed Catawba-Wateree River Basin

    18. ~270 Contributors, ~10% from NC

    19. The North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council • NC invited to give presentations at regional, national, international meetings • Cited as a model example for other states, water management districts • Positive example of government coordination, effective public service

    20. The North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council Special Thanks to • NWS Participants • Pat Tanner (NWS-GSP) • Keith Lynch (NWS-AKQ) • Pete Corrigan (NWS-RNK) • Sarah Jamison (NWS-MHX) • Rick Neuherz (NWS-ILM) • Mike Moneypenny (NWS-RAH) • Woody Yonts, Linwood Peele (NC DENR) • Curtis Weaver (USGS)