Planning and Drought (PAS 574)

By James Schwab

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A tornado rips through town. A hurricane blasts along the coast. An earthquake rocks the city. Most natural disasters hit hard and fast. Droughts are different. They steal in, one cloudless day after another, often catching communities unprepared.

Is your community at risk? Planning and Drought helps planners, public agencies, and local officials see the crisis on the horizon and get ready t...

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Date Published
Oct. 1, 2013
APA Planning Advisory Service

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James Schwab

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Drought: The Problem
Water Impacts
Public Health Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Built Environment Impacts
Secondary Hazards
Economic Impacts
Drought as a Challenge for Planners

Chapter 2: Drought: The Knowledge Base
Spatial and Seasonal Patterns of Drought
Drought and Climate Changes
Tracking Drought: Tools and Resources
Using the Drought Resources Toolbox

Chapter 3: Drought: How Planners Can Address the Issue
How Drought Differs from Other Hazards
Land-Use Planning Activities Related to Drought Mitigation
Types of Plans for Addressing Drought
Addressing the Impacts of Climate Change
Cross-Jurisdictional Partnerships for Drought and Water Planning
Communicating Drought to the Community

Chapter 4: Drought Planning in Practice
Hualapai Tribe
Athens–Clarke County, Georgia
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tampa Bay Water
Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin
State of Colorado
Murray–Darling Basin, Australia

Chapter 5: Framework for Drought: Conclusions
Community and Regional Benefits of Drought Mitigation
Looking to the Future: What Else Should Communities Do to Mitigate Drought?