HELENA, Mont. -

Gov. Steve Bullock has announced a pilot project meant to better manage the impacts of drought in Montana through a partnership involving federal, state and local agencies.
    
Bullock said Wednesday the state will join the Drought Resilience Partnership. It will bring the resources of seven federal agencies to watershed groups and communities already working on drought issues. The project will take place on the upper Missouri River Basin above Fort Peck Reservoir.
    
Actions could include better measurement and analysis of water, snowpack and soil moisture data, funding for Big Sky Watershed Corps AmeriCorps members and help in developing and implementing drought plans.
    
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation will take the lead on the project. The project could lead to the development of a more dedicated, cross-agency national drought preparedness program.