County Drought Mitigation Strategies

In 2004, County Drought Committees were formed for each of the four counties in Hawaii. Each of these Committees developed a drought mitigation strategy for their respective counties, focusing on drought mitigation projects. These county drought mitigation strategies are incorporated by reference into the Hawaii Drought Plan and demonstrate local needs and concerns for drought mitigation in each county. Projects in these County Drought Mitigation Strategies were updated in 2012. To review these documents, click on the links below:


National Drought Mitigation Center

The National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC), established at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995, helps people and institutions develop and implement measures to reduce societal vulnerability to drought, stressing preparedness and risk management rather than crisis management. The NDMC collaborates with many federal, state, and international agencies and its website contains a multitude of information on drought monitoring, planning and preparedness.


U.S. Drought Portal

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is taking the lead in implementing the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS). The NIDIS Program Office was established at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, in 2007. Implementation of NIDIS included the development of a comprehensive drought information portal offering drought products, tools, regional programs, and resources.


Water Conservation

Taking steps to conserving water use is important to protecting and preserving Hawaii’s water resources. Conservation becomes even more important during drought when water supplies are low. The Commission on Water Resource Management developed documents that provide detailed information on how to implement a number of water efficient practices that will result in waste reduction and increased levels of conservation.


Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization

Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Waimea (Kamuela) dedicated to education, outreach and technical assistance, project implementation, and research focused on wildfire prevention, mitigation and post-fire recovery in Hawaii and the Pacific.