The 16th annual Oregon-Washington Water Year Meeting: 2021 Recap and 2022 Outlook will be held as two virtual morning meetings.
There is no cost to attend but you are required to register.
The goal of this meeting is to share and gather information regarding climate impacts of the 2021 water year, with a focus on the exceptional drought that was so widespread across the region. This meeting will also offer the opportunity to learn from others about mitigation actions that were taken. Both days will include time for discussion and peer-to-peer learning, in addition to hearing from the forecast experts.
Day 1 (9am -12:30pm) will feature a recap of the 2021 water year, focusing on winter snowpack, the record dry spring, drought, and extreme June 2021 heat wave. A panel of experts will discuss specific impacts caused by the extreme conditions to various sectors, and there will also be an opportunity for workshop participants to share their observations and experiences.
Day 2 (9am - 12nn) will feature the climate outlook for water year 2022, and include the likelihood of drought continuing in the PNW. A session on planning for multi-year drought, with the opportunity for participant feedback, is also planned.
An end-of-water year survey is also available ( https://forms.gle/cJ3yazhp9ugfhFma7 ) to record and facilitate meeting discussions on impacts, and actions taken to minimize those impacts. We encourage participation from a wide range of sectors including utilities, agriculture, and forestry.
A detailed agenda will be available soon.
This event is hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, and the Office of the Washington State Climatologist with planning committee participation from the Oregon State University’s Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, the WA Department of Ecology, and USDA Northwest Climate Hub.