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Drought Management


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Montana is updating its Drought Management Plan. 

Go to the new Montana Drought Plan Information HUB to learn more about this multi-agency, stakeholder-driven effort to make Montana more drought resilient. Past meeting recordings and materials along with drought information are available on the site.   


 If you have questions about the process or how to be involved, contact one of our planners:

Missouri:  Michael Downey - 406-444-9748

Yellowstone: Sara Meloy - 406-444-4247

Clark Fork/Kootenai: Valerie Kurth - 406-444-6627


Montana Drought Impact Reporter

Report directly to DNRC on conditions in your area

View maps and graphs of reported drought impacts


Governor's Drought and Water Supply Advisory Committee Meeting

Next Meeting - October 5, 2022, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

In person: DNRC Headquarters, Montana Room or via Zoom

Co-convened as the: Governor's Drought and Water Supply Advisory Committee (DWSAC) and Drought Task Force

Meeting Agenda

Meeting objectives:

  • Examine Montana’s Current Drought Conditions & Season Summary
  • Update on Streamflows
  • Fall & Early Winter Forecast
  • Drought Planning Progress Update
  • Drought Response Framework - Presentation and Discussion

For additional information feel free to contact: Michael Downey: or 406-444-9748


Drought Outlook Report - Summer 2022 

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 National Drought Impact Reporter

Federal Drought Disaster Assistance Programs

Montana's Hay Hotline


Drought Information & Resources

US Drought Monitor

National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) -

National Weather Service (NWS) - Semi-monthly Drought Report

NWS - US Drought Seasonal Outlook

West Wide Drought Tracker

NWS -  Discussion for the Seasonal Drought Outlook

NOAA - Temp, Precip and Drought


Flood Potential

USGS - Water Watch

NWS - Advanced Hydrologic Prediction System for Flooding Information



NWS - Weather and Hazards Data Viewer

WestWide Drought Tracker - Standard Precipitation Index (SPI)

NWS - Current Statewide Precipitation Totals

NWS - Montana Weather/Precipitation Summary

High Plains Regional Climate Center - ACIS Maps

Montana Climate Office - Mesonet



NOAA - Western Regional Climate Center - Climate Anomaly Maps and Tables

NOAA - National Climatic Data Center - State Annual and Seasonal Time Series

NOAA - National Centers for Environmental Information - Climatological Rankings



USGS - Water Watch 

USGS - Water Data Information


Mountain Snowpack

NRCS - Interactive SNOTEL Map

Current SWSI Data

NRCS - Snow Survey Data and Analysis

Weather Forecasting

NWS - Weather and Hazards Data Viewer


MDT - Travel Conditions


Climate Monitoring

Montana Climate Office - Mesonet

International Research Institute (IRI) ENSO Forecast


NOAA Climate Prediction Center

NOAA Climate Monitoring

Climate Explorer 

NOAA, Climate Prediction Center

Northwest Climate Toolbox



Reservoir Storage

DNRC - State Water Projects Bureau

BOR - Great Plains Region, Montana Lakes and Reservoirs

BOR - Pacific Northwest Region, Hungry Horse

NRCS - State and Federal Water Storage Projects


Soil Moisture

National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) - Soil Moisture

USDA - National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) - Crop Progress and Condition

Bureau of Reclamation - AGRImet

Montana Climate Office - Mesonet




Northern Rockies Coordination Center - Predictive Services

National Significant Wildfire Potential Outlook



Fisheries & Wildlife

FWP-Fishing Closures and Restrictions

FWP - Wildlife Drought Contingency Plan

FWP - Statewide Fisheries Management Plan

FWP - Dewatered Streams Information


Crops & Livestock

USDA - Montana Crop Progress Reports

NRCS - Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQUIP)

NRCS - Drought Information for Producers

FSA - Disaster Assistance Programs



Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) - WaterSMART Drought Response Program

USDA - Drought Programs and Assistance

DNRC - Grants, Loans and Technical Support for Natural Resource Activities

FWP - Future Fisheries Grants for Fisheries Protection


Community Assistance

National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)

Montana Disaster and Emergency Services (DES)

Request State Reference Materials

Report Drought Impacts

Bozeman Drought Management Plan (coming soon!)

Big Hole Drought Management Plan

Blackfoot Challenge Drought Response Plan


Community Service Opportunities

Big Sky Watershed Corps

Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana

Montana Watershed Coordination Council

ServeMontana, Governor's Office of Community Service

NOAA - Cooperative Observeration Program

Cooperative Fire Reporting


Local Contacts

Montana Watershed Directory

Conservation District Directory

Farm Service Agents

Montana Extension Service Agents

Montana Disaster Emergency Services