|Drought in Utah is a common occurrence and has given rise to various issues, from environmental to societal stresses. This natural phenomenon brings with it impacts that may take years to fully develop and similarly years to recover from. Water in Utah is a limited resource and drought only amplifies this truism. Water development projects and wise management practices are an integral part of Utah's burgeoning growth and appeal. As the population continues to grow, so too does the demand for water. This growth can potentially increase the state's vulnerability to drought and result in economically upsetting consequences. In many cases, current management of drought is based upon a responseoriented methodology, which can be a rather costly and sometimes ineffective approach. Management of drought, in general, needs to change from a response- oriented methodology to one of mitigation.