Agriculture and Livestock
Agriculture producers will find useful information below to help them manage their crops and land during drought conditions, consider alternative low-water-use and rotation crops, and connect with drought assistance programs.
Up-to-date information to help prepare for drought and respond to drought:
- AgRisk Viewer (USDA Climate Hub risk management tool)
- Drought Outlooks and Forecasts (NIDIS)
- Current Conditions – Agriculture Data, Maps, & Tools (NIDIS)
- Nevada Agricultural Statistics Nevada (USDA)
- Nevada Drought Early Warning – NDMC
- Nevada Rangeland Monitoring Handbook (3rd ed.)
- Rangelands and Drought (USFS)
- Drought Management Database (NDMC) contains drought mitigation and response strategies implemented across the United States, including farming and livestock production
Drought Assistance programs available to help recover from drought:
- USDA Disaster Designations
- FSA Livestock Forage Disaster Program
- FSA Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm Raised Fish Program
- FSA Emergency Haying and Grazing
- SBA Disaster Loan Assistance
Find useful, up-to-date information on how the drought may impact your outdoor recreation plans, such as boating, fishing and camping.
- Fishing Report (Nevada Department of Wildlife)
- Lake Mead and Lake Mohave current conditions (NPS)
- Lake Tahoe and Pyramid Lake current conditions (NPS)
- Sierra Nevada Snow Report (On the Snow)
- Blue-Green Algae in Lake Mead (NPS)
- Fire Restrictions (NSP)
- Off-Highway Vehicle Spark Arresters and the Prevention of Wildland Fires (USFS)
- Burning Man weather conditions (Burning Man Project)
- Drought Management Database (NDMC) contains drought mitigation and response strategies implemented across the United States, including recreation and tourism
Residential & Landscaping
Homeowners and landscapers will find useful information to help them design, install and maintain landscapes and gardens during drought conditions, such as information on low-water-use gardening, low-water-use landscape plants, water conservation, water harvesting, mulch and soil amendments, water-efficient landscaping, well management and lawn maintenance.
Residential Rebate Opportunities:
- Southern Nevada Water Authority offers the following rebates:
- Truckee Meadows Water Authority does not currently offer any rebate opportunities. More information can be found at their website
- Need a Master Gardener?
- If you have any landscape-related questions, you can also call and speak with horticulture specialists or Master Gardeners at Cooperative Extension offices in Reno (775-784-4848) and in Las Vegas (702-222-3130). Alternatively, you can Ask a Master Gardener online: https://extension.unr.edu/master-gardeners/default.aspx
Useful Tools and Links:
- Water Use It Wisely – An amazing website with hundreds of conservation tips, helpful apps, and many more resources to help you save water.
- EPA’s WaterSense – Find information on the best ways to use water, how to create a water budget for your home, where you can buy WaterSense products (including rebate information), plus many more great tips!
- Resources for Growing Plants in Nevada (NV Dept. of Forestry)
- Smart About Water (TMWA)
- Online Landscaping Guide (TMWA)
- Sample Landscape Designs and Plans (SNWA)
- Water-Smart Plant Search for Southern Nevada (SNWA)
- Find a Local Water-Smart Landscaper in Southern Nevada (SNWA)
- Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper
- Drought Management Database (NDMC) contains drought mitigation and response strategies implemented across the United States, including plants and wildlife
Find up-to-date information and links for the current water supply and water supply outlook, as well as municipal drought plans to find out how Nevada and various communities are planning to combat drought.
- Nevada Drought Forum Summary of Current and Planned Actions
- State of Nevada Drought Response Plan (Revised April 2012)
- Southern Nevada Water Authority 2020 Water Resource Plan
- Truckee Meadows Water Authority Water Resource Plan 2020-2040
Drought Preparedness and Planning Guides:
- Drought-Ready Communities: A Guide to Community Drought Preparedness (NDMC)
- Managing Water for Drought (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
- How to Reduce Drought Risk (Western Drought Coordination Council)
- 10-Step Process — Drought Preparedness Planning: Building Institutional Capacity
- California-Nevada Early Warning System Strategic Plan
- Drought Management Database (NDMC) contains drought mitigation and response strategies implemented across the United States, including water supply & water quality, society & public health
Weather and Climate
Nevada’s climate is as varied as the landscape. Like many arid western states, Nevada relies on snowpack for a large portion of its water supply, including users in Southern Nevada who receive most of their water from the Colorado River. The timing of snowmelt (and consequently of peak flows in streams) is critically important for sustaining habitat and providing adequate water for wildlife, and rural, suburban, and urban residents.
- Local Weather and Climate Data (NWS)
- Nevada State Climate Office
- Nevada State Climate Strategy
- Nevada’s Weather and Climate (Extension)
- Colorado River Basin Climate and Hydrology: State of the Science (Western Water Assessment)
As land and vegetation becomes drier as drought conditions persist, the danger that wildfire poses to homes and inhabitants becomes greater. Below you’ll find links to helpful wildfire tools and maps, including wildfire potential outlooks and tips on how to keep your home fire-safe.
- Living with Fire – Extension
- Nevada Natural Resources and Fire Information Portal
- Western Region Fire Weather (NOAA-NWS)
- Current NV Fire Information
- Fire Outlooks
- National 7-Day Significant Fire Potential for the Great Basin
- National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Monthly-Seasonal Outlook
- Dry Thunderstorm/Lightning Potential Outlook Map (NOAA Storm Prediction Center)
- Drought Management Database (NDMC) contains drought mitigation and response strategies implemented across the United States, including fire