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Western Governors Discuss Drought During Forum

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Governor Brian Sandoval is hosting the Western Governors' Association 2015 annual meeting at Incline Village discussing various issues that have an impact on the western U.S.

Ten of 19 western governors are on-hand for this meeting and will focus on several major topics over the next three days. And at the top of the list is the drought.

"We're in a very significant drought situation here in the west and so we need to do whatever it takes to get us through this and hope for a better time,” says Utah Governor Gary Herbert.

The Western Governors' Drought Forum lists what could help with water issues. Some of those include increasing the use of recycled water and better water conservation and efficiency.

Forest management and infrastructure could also come into play as the drought persists. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says temperatures, this winter, are expected to be above average in some of the western states, including northern Nevada. That means we could receive average snowfall, at best. But with winter still several months away, the governors are hoping the predictions don't come true. "Of course we're all hopeful that we'll have that great winter and get that snowpack that we need. Not only for water use but for recreational use and for all respective economies. But it concerns me,” says Governor Sandoval.

Sandoval says the drought presents many risks, including wildfire and wildlife habitat.

We're sure to hear that and other items like energy and infrastructure as the meetings continue.
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