Co-sponsored by CPO’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and Pacific Northwest RISA team (Climate Impacts Research Consortium, CIRC), the Oregon-Washington Water Year 2019 Recap and 2020 Outlook Meeting, was a one-day workshop held November 5, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. The purpose of the workshop was to review climate events and impacts of the 2019 water year, provide forecast information for the upcoming water year, and learn about new resources on drought and climate variability. One goal of this year’s meeting was to increase participation of water and hydropower utilities, especially smaller and rural utilities. Britt Parker, regional drought information coordinator for the CPO NIDIS Pacific Northwest (PNW) Drought Early Warning System (DEWS), presented on the effort to update the PNW DEWS Regional Implementation Plan for 2020-2022 and will be soliciting input to that document.
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