This panel discussion focuses on the value chain from science that informs forecasting, to forecasting that informs decision support tools, and ultimately to decisions around water management both in times of drought as well as in routine operations. Panelists will present brief remarks (~10 minutes) focusing on how they connect their work up and down the value chain. In particular, what have they learned in working with people and organizations elsewhere in the value chain? What has worked well and what has not worked in communicating needs, information, data, and building relationships? What evidence do they have that improved decision making has been linked to advancements in science, forecasting, and decision support tools?