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STRATEGIC PLANNING AND UTILITY MANAGEMENT Planning for Drought i Analyzing past data and planning for the future are key to mitigating drought If Dr. Michael Hayes BY SANDY SMITH of the National Drought Mitigation Center (NMDC) has his way, we'll all stop thinking of a drought as a one-time event. He would rather see a shift into viewing droughts as a normal part of climate and that "a drought will appear often enough that planning or being prepared for it makes sense," he said. Hayes is director and professor at the center, which is housed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. "What some people do is think of drought as a rare event and then they react to it when it happens, but once it's over, it's, 'We don't have to think about the next one because it won't happen to us again.' It's time to change that paradigm around where droughts are a normal part of climate; therefore, we should be prepared." Justin Huntington, associate research professor of hydrology with the Desert Research Institute and Western Regional Climate Center, agrees that a rethinking of drought is needed. 16 FIRST QUARTER 2016

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2016

Strategic Planning for Water Utilities
Planning for Drought
A Rally to Remember
The 17th Annual Great American Water Taste Test
USDA Rural Development Has Loans
Rural Water Association of Utah Launches Successful Training Program
Vermont Rural Water Association Continues Training; Plans More for 2016
From the President
Finance: Investing Without Borders
Emergency Management: Decontamination Strategy for the Water Sector
A Day in the Life of a Circuit Rider: Dell R. Harris, Kentucky Rural Water Association
Case Study: Bubble Diffusers
Regulatory Update
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers/
From The CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2016