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Drought Conditions Continue in Northern Nevada

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There was a meeting of the minds at the University of Nevada today. Some of the top researchers in the world who focus on water and drought met to take a better look at where we are with drought in northern Nevada and even more importantly where we're headed.

The bad news is that a handful of years of drought here, is nothing.

"Historically this area really is more of a dry state with occasional periods of moisture," says Doug Boyle, Nevada's State Climatologist. "We're fairly certain this area has seen periods of drought as long as 240 years at a time. And that wasn't that long ago."

And he says, there's really no fighting something like drought. It's a change in the climate and it's something we need to adapt to.

Graham Kent works with seismology at the university. He says the Alert Tahoe system is one that will help us mitigate the effect of drought in Tahoe.

"It's a series of high-definition monitors and we're adding to it for fire detection too," Kent says. "This way we have more eyes on the forest more of the time and that makes detection faster. Using this system last year, we were able to stop a fire on Spooner Summit and keep it to just a half acre."

Water management will be key. And they say that our economy will depend highly on how we adapt. Some Tahoe ski resorts have announced plan to add sports that don't depend on snow. That is being hailed as an innovative way for them to survive economically.

And today the experts said we will all play a part in adapting by the decisions we make.

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