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Release No. 1439.00

Dann Stuart (202) 690-0474


WASHINGTON, February 17, 2000--The National Drought Policy Commission today announced that it will hold its next meeting on March 1, 2000, in Scottsdale, AZ. The Commission seeks comments on issues that it should address and recommendations the Commission should consider as part of its report.

The meeting will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 the Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale, 17020 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ. The meeting will be hosted by the Mayor of Scottsdale, Sam Cathryn Campana, who is also a member of the Commission. All times are Mountain Standard Time.

The Commission was established to provide advice and recommendations on the creation of an integrated, coordinated Federal drought emergency policy. Its assignment is to make recommendations to the President and Congress on how to better integrate Federal drought laws and programs with ongoing State, local, and tribal programs without infringing on State control of water resources. Recommendations also will include means of improving public awareness of the need for drought mitigation, prevention, and response.

Anyone wishing to provide comments to the Commission must contact the Executive Director, Leona Dittus, National Drought Policy Commission, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 6701-S, STOP 0501, Washington, D.C. 20250-0501.

The Commission will make its draft report available on the Commission’s website,, in mid March.



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