Northern Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Reservation, Wyoming


A task force has drafted a plan to manage economic problems and other issues related to drought, of particular importance to the tribe which has already asked for a drought disaster declaration. With stream flows at 15 to 32 percent of normal, reports the U.S. Geological Survey, some communities are asking residents to cut back on water as a means of conservation. The task force response areas include tourism, agriculture, wildlife management and municipal water supplies. About 25 agencies collaborated on the plan, which includes a list of contacts and Web sites for information on drought and assistance programs. The western two-thirds of the state have suffered at various times from drought conditions. "Unlike last year where the state had a fairly generalized drought situation, this year's situation is a little more up and down," said Ron Micheli, task force co-chairman and director of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture. "We are OK this year but there might be problems if we do not get enough snow this winter."