Past Seminar

Improving the Federal Response to Western Drought

Feb 3, 2016

About the Event

Logos - Resources for the Future and the Public Policy Institute of California

An RFF First Wednesday Seminar in collaboration with the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

California and much of the American West have experienced moderate to extreme levels of drought in recent years. The resulting water scarcity has affected urban and agricultural users throughout the region and has stressed ecosystems and the fish and wildlife that depend on them. While drought management can involve all levels of government, the federal government in particular has a unique set of policy tools that can help communities prepare for and minimize the impact of droughts.

At this RFF First Wednesday Seminar, experts discussed the role of the federal government in western water and drought management, with a focus on how it can strengthen its partnership with states to better manage drought today and in a warmer, possibly drier, future. The event featured a presentation by Ellen Hanak, director of the PPIC Water Policy Center, who will discuss the center’s new report, Improving the Federal Response to Western Drought: Five Areas for Reform.



  • Yusuke Kuwayama, Fellow and VALUABLES Consortium Director for Socioeconomic Studies, Resources for the Future
  • Ellen Hanak, Director, PPIC Water Policy Center
  • Jeffrey Mount, Senior Fellow, PPIC Water Policy Center
  • Ann Mills, Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, US Department of Agriculture
  • Mark Kramer, Director of Federal External Affairs, The Nature Conservancy
  • Tom Iseman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, US Department of the Interior