Drought Task Force Workshop Schedule
Drought Task Force members will participate in several interactive workshops to inform key milestones and decisions within the Urban Water Management Plan and the Drought Contingency Plan. All workshops are by invitation only and will be held virtually to protect the health of all involved throughout the COVID pandemic. Following each workshop, recordings and workshop materials will be published in the Urban Water Management Plan section of this website.
For the immediate future, all workshops will be held virtually via Zoom Meetings. We ask that all participants join us via video for an optimum group experience. All Drought Task Force members and their alternates will be automatically registered for all virtual workshops. Zoom access details will be emailed to you individually via Zoom.
All remaining workshop details are still in development and will be published upon confirmation.
- Workshop No. 1 Kick-off and Drought Goals
- Workshop No. 2 - Climate Change VulnerabilityAssessment and Drought Response Actions
Workshop No. 1 - Kick-off and Drought Goals
Friday, January 22, 2021 • 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. • Zoom Meetings
Description: In this first workshop, Western will kick off the Drought Task Force. Members will have an opportunity to meet and forge connections with fellow Task Force members as they build shared agreement on the drought goals for Western's Drought Contingency Plan (DCP).
To set the foundation for this consensus building, the project team will provide an overview of the project, the role of the Task Force, and the project timeline. The team will provide an overview of the DCP and how it integrates with the 2020 Urban Water Management Plan including key requirements and plan deadlines. Next, using small group break outs, the Task Force will build shared agreement on a final recommended set of DCP drought goals (or “guiding principles”) for recommendation to Western’s Board of Directors.
Workshop No. 2 - Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Drought Response Actions
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. • Zoom Meetings
Description: In this highly interactive workshop, the Task Force will help determine a preliminary set of drought response actions for recommendation to Western’s Board of Directors. To get there, the project team will present the preliminary population and demand projections through 2045 for the Western service area, as well as the results of its Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment, which will evaluate the risks and potential effects of drought and other climate changes on water demand, supply, and infrastructure in the Western service area. Further, the project team will provide an overview of the existing Water Shortage Contingency Plan and proposed updates. From here, using small group break outs, the Task Force will inform the development of (1) drought response actions; (2) demand management measures; and (tentative) (3) annual supply and demand assessment procedures. The information collected in this workshop will inform the updated Water Shortage Contingency Plan for adoption with the 2020 UWMP.