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Water Summary Update shows expanding dry areas in Iowa

This news story was published on July 13, 2017.
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Rainfall is needed in parts of Iowa at this time

DES MOINES – Despite some rainfall across the state and local flooding in northeast Iowa, there is a growing area of dry conditions now covering almost half the state.

Released today, the monthly Water Summary Update shows dry areas extending from northwest to southeast Iowa, including significant areas of moderate drought. Low stream flows and groundwater conditions correspond with the dry areas.

“These conditions can be of concern to farmers and those who run drinking water treatment systems,” said Tim Hall who coordinates DNR’s hydrology resources.

“Hopefully, we’ll have widespread rains in the next month, but we want people to keep an eye on the situation because drought has a way of sneaking up on you,” he added.

The report is prepared by technical staff from Iowa DNR, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, IIHR—Hydroscience and Engineering, and the U.S. Geological Survey, in collaboration with Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department.

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