CWC partnered with the California Water Institute and the Office of Community and Economic Development at CSU Fresno to hold a Practitioners Drought Convening in late August. Representatives from multiple Valley counties, state and federal agencies, and NGOs convened for a productive conversation about challenges to providing drought assistance to disadvantaged communities and strategies for improving and streamlining the drought response. The prolonged nature and intensity of the drought has made implementing drought assistance programs challenging. CWC hopes to continue similar convenings to encourage future collaboration between state, regional, and local agencies and drought responders. We will be releasing an advocacy paper with key highlights from the Drought Convening soon.