aerial view of creek or lake during a drought

Utah’s Drought Review and Reporting Committee Activated

September 5, 2018

Salt Lake City (Sept. 5, 2018) — For the first time in about ten years Utah’s drought conditions have reached a threshold that triggers the State’s statutory responsibility to convene Utah’s Drought Review and Reporting Committee. The committee will gather Monday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m.under the direction of the state’s Drought Coordinator, Mike Styler, executive director of the Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The meeting is open to the public and will be held at DNR in Salt Lake City, located at 1594 W. North Temple.

The Drought Review and Reporting Committee is required to hold this meeting by state code, UCA 53-2a, and Utah’s Drought Response, which requires the state to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies or disasters with the primary objectives to save lives and protect public health and property. Drought conditions have developed to the degree that several areas within the state are likely to receive severe impacts to various sectors of their economies.

Agencies represented on the Drought Review and Reporting Committee include DNR, Governor’s Office of Management and Budget; departments of Environmental Quality, Agriculture and Community and Economic Development and the divisions of Emergency Management; Forestry, Fire and State Lands and Wildlife Resources.

Monday’s agenda includes the following:

  • 11 a.m. – Welcome remarks
  • 11:05 to 11:30 a.m. – Status reports provided by task force representatives
  • 11:30 to 11:50 a.m. – Open floor discussion
  • 11:50 a.m. to noon – Establish next steps

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals needing special accommodations (including auxiliary communicative aids and services) during this meeting should notify Kaelyn Anfinsen at 801-538-7201.