NEWS FLASH: The Commission report is now online
In recent years, droughts have caused damaging and costly economic and environmental impacts. Past discussion on drought management with the Western Governors' Association included recommendations to "develop a national framework that integrates actions and responsibilities among all levels of government (Federal, State, regional, local, and tribal)." On July 16, 1998, Congress passed the National Drought Policy Act of 1998, Public Law 105-199, which established the National Drought Policy Commission. The Commission is composed of fifteen members, representative of all levels of government and other drought impacted groups, and is charged by Congress to provide advice and recommendations on the creation of an integrated, coordinated Federal policy designed to prepare for and respond to serious drought emergencies.
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