Climate Ready Missoula, Missoula's first ever climate resiliency plan discusses drought at length, as well as proposes various strategies to address the vulnerabilities caused by drought. Read and explore the plan at:
Hot, dry conditions take a serious toll on our farms, our forests, and our watersheds, increasing Wildfires and Wildfire Smoke, and affecting our Mental Health. Low flows are super hard on fish and the many (humans and non-humans alike) who rely on our rivers and streams.
Dealing with Drought
It's easier to talk about being "Summer Smart" when it comes to coping with wildfire smoke and heat, but what about drought?
There are things we can all do to preserve and protect our precious water resources and to cope with more intense and sustained dry conditions. Here are some things we can do as a community to protect our watersheds:
Current Drought Conditions
You can probably tell - we love maps! Click below for a snapshot of current statewide drought conditions and normal 7-day average streamflow compared to historical streamflow: