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Pacific Northwest Coastal Drought Outlook 2015

Event Date & Time

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 6:00am
Vancouver, Washington

This one-day workshop brought together more than 50 resource managers and information providers from local, regional, state, federal and tribal agencies and academia in western Washington and Oregon. The workshop built off a similar event in May 2015 that focused on the interior Northwest, and provided an opportunity to learn about and discuss:

• Current drought conditions in western Washington and Oregon, and an outlook for future conditions.
• What is being learned about drought impacts and impacted sectors from the current drought.
• Desired components of a Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) in the Pacific Northwest.

Cohosted by: The University of Washington Climate Impacts Group (CIG), the Office of Washington State Climatologist (OWSC), the Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) a NOAA RISA team, the Oregon Climate Service (OCS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), National Weather Service (NWS) and Regional Climate Service (RCS).


Welcome & Background
• Nick Bond, OWSC
• Alicia Marrs, NIDIS

Current Drought Conditions in Western Washington and Oregon
• Karin Bumbaco, OWSC

Hydrology: Current Status and Outlook (download presentation)
• Stephen King, NWS Northwest River Forecast Center

Observations & Insights from Impacted Sectors (Panel Discussion)
• Facilitated by Lara Whitely Binder, UW Climate Impacts Group
• Water: Jeff Marti, WA Department of Ecology & Jill Hoyena, Eugene Water and Electric Board
• Energy: Crystal Raymond, Seattle City Light
• Fisheries: Bob Heinith, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
• Agriculture: Chad Kruger, WSU Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources
• Aquaculture: Jerry Borchert, WA Department of Health
• Forests: Amy Grotta, OSU Extension

What we need in the Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System: Insights from Boise
• Kathie Dello, CIRC/OCS

Breakout Session: Needs, Wants, and Strategies for Coping with Drought in the Pacific Northwest
• Facilitated by Karin Bumbaco, OWSC and Kathie Dello, CIRC/OCS

Lightning Round Report Out
• Facilitated by Karin Bumbaco, OWSC and Kathie Dello, CIRC/OCS

Next Steps for Designing the Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System
• Alicia Marrs, NIDIS

Meeting Close & Adjournment
• Lara Whitely Binder, UW CIG

For meeting questions, please contact Alicia Marrs (

DEWS Regions

Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System