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Wind River Research Team Publishes First Climate and Drought Summary

Researchers working with tribal leaders in the north central region have published their first edition of the Wind River Reservation Climate and Drought Summary. This document serves as the first of many decision-support tools to help managers make decisions about water availability and allocation for the 15 beneficial uses in the Tribal Water Code, and was the culmination of workshops, webinars, and conference calls attended by resource managers and research scientists, including the NC CSC’s own Shannon McNeeley.

These publications, expected quarterly, will be accompanied by hands-on trainings with tribal water managers to help build capacity to eventually produce the summaries in-house. This capacity building activity is part of a larger project at Wind River Reservation that the NC CSC is supporting on drought vulnerability and preparedness for the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes and their other local, state, and federal agency partners.

The document was co-produced by the NC CSC and the Wind River tribal water managers in partnership with the High Plains Regional Climate Center, the National Drought Mitigation Center, and the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS).