New York State Drought Programs

Program Title: New York State Drought Plan/Drought Preparedness Plan

Function: Mitigation, Response, Planning

Program Assistance or Functional Assistance: In 1982 the State Drought Management Task Force developed and recommended a State Drought Preparedness Plan. The plan presented an action program for drought prevention/mitigation, response and recovery. It specified a number of actions that needed to be undertaken immediately to prepare for possible drought conditions and included options that could be developed over a longer-range period. The plan was primarily concerned with public water supplies and was largely based on the 1980-81 drought experience.

Statute or Authority: No data

Agencies (primary agency listed first): Dept. of Environmental Education (DEC), Depts. of Health, Transporta-tion, Economic Development, Agriculture and Markets; Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; Public Service Comm.; Div. of Military and Naval Affairs; Division of the Budget

Customers Served: General public

Triggering Event or Circumstance-How does this program relate to drought? The most commonly used indicator of meterological drought is the Palmer Drought Index (PDI). In addition, four major elements of the hydrologic cycle were analyzed as drought indicators and will be used for drought determinations. They are precipitation, reservoir and lake storage, streamflow, and groundwater levels.

Unmet Needs at federal, state, local and tribal levels. Includes changes from customer or "provider" perspective: No data

Program Limitations: No data

Contact Name and Phone Number: Bob Olazagasti
(518) 457-9927
or Dr. Muralidhar
(518) 457-8973