Drought is a natural occurrence.  We cannot control when drought occurs or the severity of drought but what we can do is learn to work within the constraints of drought and take steps to ensure that our actions do not compound the impacts of drought.  These ideals are the driving force behind the Blackfoot Drought Committee and Blackfoot Drought Response Plan.  The Blackfoot Drought Committee was formalized in 2000 to coordinate the development and implementation of a voluntary drought response effort in the Blackfoot Watershed.  The Blackfoot Drought Response Plan is based on the premise of “shared sacrifice” with the goal of involving all water users in a cooperative effort to minimize the adverse impacts of drought on fisheries and to aid in the equitable distribution of water resources during low flow periods.