The July 2013 Drought and Impact Summary from the National Drought Mitigation Center is now available.
· The Drought Summary now includes a “Movers and Shakers” table showing the top few states with the greatest changes in drought – both those improving and those getting worse – and new change maps generated at the NDMC.
ManMany of the impacts reported this month reflect ongoing effects of long-term drought, such as Texas’ hydrologic shortfalls, or lingering effects from drought in 2012, such as high nitrate levels in the rivers that normally supply Des Moines’ drinking water. Rivers warmed up and dried out in spots, stressing fish populations and leading state agencies to employ various conservation and management strategies. Drought continues to affect many aspects of agricultural production.