The National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) visited Bastrop, Texas, on February 11 for a RMA drought informational workshop that highlighted the decision support and risk management tools and/or projects of the NDMC, including VegDRI. This listening session was hosted by the Lower Colorado River Authority and took place at McKinney Roughs, which is their outdoor education and outreach center. The area was in D4, exceptional drought, at the time of the workshop. The group of nearly 100 participants represented producers, ranchers, media, academics (including researchers), meteorologists, and policymakers.
One of the sessions included a panel made of representatives from local agencies and offices such as the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), the National Weather Service (NWS), and the Texas State Climatologist. The NDMC moderated the panel and posed questions collected from the audience throughout the day. The NDMC also used the audience response system to gather feedback on the drought management tools that were presented.
Dr. Brian Wardlow, VegDRI project leader leading a discussion session in Bastrop, Texas.
A participant used a clicker, part of an audience response system, to provide information on the usefulness of a drought tool during the VegDRI listening session in Bastrop, Texas
Panel Discussion in Bastrop, Texas