Gov. Sandoval announces formation of drought forum

UPDATE: 6:42 p.m.
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval's executive order establishes the formation of the Nevada Drought Forum.

It will be a panel of experts including government and non-government agencies. it will also include representatives from impacted businesses and industries, as well as scientists and water experts.

It was just a week ago, California's governor, Jerry Brown, signed an executive order issuing mandates designed to cut back on water use.

Sandoval says he wanted to make it clear that Nevada is not like California.

Here in the Northern Nevada, the Truckee Meadows Water Authority says we have enough water stored to last for nine years.

The longest drought on record was eight years.

Right now the region is into our fourth year of drought.

But the governor mentioned that residents of the region live in a desert environment and the plans are made for a drought.

RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Governor Brian Sandoval has announced the formation of a drought forum to bring together Nevada's best minds and ensure the Silver State takes the best path moving forward.
Sandoval said Wednesday the forum will consist of local water municipalities, local and state governments, climatologists, and representatives from affected industries.

According to the Governor, the drought demands action and Nevadans need to be prepared for what lies ahead. He said -- although the media will try to compare the Silver State's drought situation to California -- he stressed Nevada "is not California," and faces great uncertainty.

A final report from the former drought initiative is expected to be released soon.

CARSON CITY, Nev. ( & KRNV) - Governor Brian Sandoval will host a press conference to address Nevada's drought challenges today at 2:30 p.m. at Washoe Lake State Park.

As part of a continued effort to address ongoing drought concerns and ensure Nevada is prepared for the challenges ahead, Sandoval will sign an Executive Order which will be detailed at the press conference.

Representatives from Southern Nevada Water Authority, Truckee Meadows Water Authority, and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will be in attendance.
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