California Drought Forum

Making Decisions in Dry Times:
Science and Strategies for Dealing with Drought
May 15-16, 2014
15 May 2014 to 16 May 2014
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
2001 Point West Way
Sacramento, CA

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This California Drought Forum will provide information on drought conditions, forecasts, and other drought-related science.  The Forum will also bring together stakeholders from across the public and private sectors to understand the extent of recent and current drought impacts, to discuss drought information uses and needs for decision-making, and to learn from efforts underway to strengthen long-term preparedness and resilience.  The Forum is being co-organized and co-sponsored by the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and California partners.   NIDIS was established in 2006, and reauthorized by Congress in March 2014, to promote drought early warning and preparedness; to coordinate, develop, and communicate drought monitoring and forecast data and information; to work with federal, tribal, state, and local partners on assessing impacts; and to assist in managing those impacts and reducing potential losses.  More information can be found on the NIDIS website (

This event is free of charge and open to the public.  However, please be sure to register below.


By bringing together drought stakeholders from across California, we hope to promote discussion that will result in recommendations to further improve California drought readiness.  In addition, by attending the Forum, we hope that participants will take away actionable information to help them through the current and future droughts.

The Forum will:

  • Provide information on current and forecasted drought conditions, and the extent of drought impacts in agriculture, water resources, recreation, wildfire management, and other sectors across California.  
  • Explore key elements of drought planning and response, and develop recommendations for building on existing private, local, state, tribal, and federal drought monitoring and forecasting.
  • Identify the partnerships and support, ongoing and needed, to ensure coordination and integration across public and private sectors for improving drought preparedness and response.
  • Consider the role and improvement of present capabilities, including NIDIS and the Drought Monitor, to develop relevant information and mechanisms for delivering and using drought information in the state of California.


Four sessions will be webcast live. Sign up for one or join them all. Register early; space is limited. For a list of panelists for each session, refer to the agenda linked below. Here are the options:

Thursday, May 15, 2014 
Time:8:30 AM - 10:00 AM PDT

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Time:10:15 AM - 12:00 PM PDT

Thursday, May 15, 2014
PANELS // Sectorial Drought Impacts; Information Uses and Needs, and Decisions
Time:1:15 PM - 3:15 PM PDT
Friday, May 16, 2014
Time:8:30 AM - 9:30 AM PDT

Agenda (draft)

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Registration is closed.

Presenter Information

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Meeting Location

DoubleTree by Hilton, Sacramento
2001 Point West Way
Sacramento, CA 95815

Room Block

A small room block has been set aside for participants outside the Sacramento area.  The group rate is $95 +tax.  You may make your reservations online by clicking here or call 1-800-344-4321 and identifying yourself as part of the “UCA” group.  The room block will expire on 30 April 2014, so please make your reservation as soon as possible if you require lodging.  All charges are the guest’s responsibility.

Driving Directions

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Parking is ample and is $4 per day.


A working lunch will be provided during the meeting.

FEDERAL ATTENDEES - Please note that UCAR is not allowed to provide meals for federal employees. Therefore, it is requested that federal employees contribute $15.00 towards each provided lunch (the lunch portion of the M&IE for Sacramento).

It is now possible to pay UCAR via the Internet! Please note that UCAR accepts Visa and MasterCard only. See payment instructions below.

1. Proceed to

2. Under "Payment Select", click on "Other Items" and then from the drop-down menu, choose "NIDIS California Drought Outlook Forum May - Lunch ($15)", and then click on the "Next" button.

3. On the following screen, enter the amount ($15.00) and fill in your billing information. When you are ready, click on the "Start Process" button.

4. You will receive an e-mail confirming your payment.

If you prefer to pay by check, please make it payable to "UCAR" and mail to: Tara Torres, PO Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307.


For meeting questions, please contact Dr. Anne Steinemann

For logistics questions, please contact Tara Torres
or 303-497-8694