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Current Drought Conditions

Statewide Drought Watch In Effect

On July 15, 2016, Commissioner Basil Seggos issued a drought watch for the entire state of New York following consultation with the State Drought Management Task Force and Federal partner agencies.

A watch is the first of four levels of state drought advisories ("watch," "warning," "emergency" and "disaster"). There are no statewide mandatory water use restrictions in place under a drought watch. However, local public water suppliers may require such measures depending upon local needs and conditions.

The drought watch is triggered by the State Drought Index, which reflects precipitation levels, reservoir/lake levels, and stream flow and groundwater levels in nine designated drought regions throughout New York. Each of these indicators is assigned a weighted value based on its significance to various uses in a region.

This Index is intended primarily for guidance to public and private water suppliers and withdrawals. If you are experiencing a water shortage, please contact your local agricultural extension, Department of Health or DEC regional office.


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