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Colorado drought conference to focus on innovation

Climate change effects on drought also on the agenda

Although summer monsoon rains brought slight relief to parts of the mountains, all of Colorado is still at some level of drought.

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — While the 2011 drought has eased slightly in parts of Colorado, the potential for a second dry year has the state’s resource managers thinking ahead. Government leaders and professionals working in regions and economies impacted by drought will gather Sept. 19 and 20 at the History Colorado Center in Denver to share new  approaches to drought preparedness. The conference will also present information on what drought may look like under future climate change conditions.

Drought is a historic fact of life in Colorado. State water planners say that, simply put, there’s about a one-in-three chance that any part of the state can experience drought conditions in any given year  — and climate change is expected to increase the frequency and severity of drought events, according to a drought mitigation and response plan completed in 2010. Continue reading

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