Examines how drought is defined regionally, physical causes of drought, and its history in U.S. Discusses periods of drought in the past that equaled or exceeded drought conditions experienced during the 20th century, including periods during earlier centuries when the American West was substantially drier than it is today. Considers prospects for future climate in the West; and reviews policy challenges for Congress, including existing Federal/non-Federal split in drought response and management, and patchwork of drought programs subject to oversight by multiple Congressional committees.
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Microfiche version: Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service. Drought in the United States