We select interesting and representative drought stories from all over the U.S. and around the world. We group them into the same categories that the Drought Impact Reporter uses, as well as a few others.


South Texas drought hurting cattle ranchers

KRISTV.com (Corpus Christi, Texas), 6-7-2018

Affected Area: South Texas

Hot, dry weather in South Texas has depleted the hay supply, leaving ranchers wondering what they will feed cattle this summer.  For some ranchers, the lack of food and water has pushed them to sell cattle.

Nerve-wracking drought leads to accolades for Finger Lakes wines

Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (N.Y.), 6-5-2018

Affected Area: Finger Lakes region, New York

The 2016 drought in the Finger Lakes wine region resulted in wines that garnered accolades in Wine Spectator. Altogether, 22 wines from the 2016 received impressive ratings of 90 or more on the magazine’s 100-point scale. Grapes from the 2016 growing season suffered a dry summer and fall that resulted in fruit that was smaller, but high in quality.

ND pastures already showing some stress related to 2017 drought, 2018 dry spring

INFORUM-Fargo (N.D.), 6-4-2018

Affected Area: North Dakota

Pasture readiness in North Dakota was delayed at least two weeks, due to the 2017 drought, a late, dry spring in 2018, and, for some pastures, overgrazing in 2017. Pastures that were stressed by drought and overgrazed in 2017 were further behind than pastures that were managed better.

Report: US winter wheat forecast down amid drought, surplus

The Washington Post, 5-10-2018

Affected Area: U.S.

The wheat crop is expected to be the smallest in more than 10 years as drought gripped the Southern Plains, damaging crops, and a global surplus kept prices down.  According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, the 2018 wheat crop is forecast to be 1.19 billion bushels, 6 percent lower than in 2017.

Wheat tour leads to sharply lower 2018-19 expectations

Feedstuffs (St. Charles, Ill.), 5-4-2018

Affected Area: Kansas, Oklahoma

The Wheat Quality Council’s Hard Red Wheat Tour discovered that wheat was two to four weeks behind developmentally in northern Kansas. The dry conditions averted disease establishment, but also threatened yield potential.

Statewide, the final average yield potential was 37.0 bushels per acre, or about 2.49 metric tons per hectare (6.61 million metric tons) for the 2018-19 Kansas hard red wheat crop. The total production estimate was 243 million bushels, compared to 282 million bushels the previous year.

The estimated average yield for wheat in Oklahoma was 24.8 bushels per acre, or 1.67 metric tons per hectare, for a total production estimate of 54.8 million bushels, according to a crop report. If the estimate is accurate, production would be 44 percent lower, compared to the previous year.

Business & Industry

Bankers: Drought Still Burdening Rural Economy in 10 States

U.S. News & World Report, 8-17-2017

Affected Area: Plains and Midwest

The overall Rural Mainstreet Index for 10 Plains and Midwestern states rose from July’s 40.7 to 42.2 in August.  Any number below 50 indicates a shrinking economy.  Nearly 58 percent of bankers who participated in the August survey felt that drought conditions were negatively impacting agricultural products in their area.  Surveyors consulted bankers in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Nestlé Faces Backlash Over Collecting Water From Drought-Stricken Southern California

CBS Los Angeles, 5-9-2017

Affected Area: Southern California

Activists continued to protest Nestlé’s use of springs in southern California as drought and the company’s sourcing of water on public land continues to rile the public.  Of the company’s 40 water sources in the U.S., 11 are in California.  Nestlé captures about 30 million gallons of water annually and pays the U.S. Forest Service just $524 for the permit.

The 102 million dead trees in California's forests are turning tree cutters into millionaires

Los Angeles Times, 12-14-2016

Affected Area: California

The southern Sierra Nevada was home to millions of dead trees, needing to be felled and removed for public safety and to reduce the amount of combustible material in the landscape, but the task of removing so many trees was daunting and costly. The Forest Service estimated that there were more than 24 million dead trees in the Fresno and Tulare County portion of the Sierra Nevada alone. Tree cutters, however, see prosperity in the dead trees.
The owner of a tree service said that he charged $1,700 daily for his services. His outfit was one of more than two dozen cutting dead trees along California 168 east of Fresno to Huntington Lake.

Well companies flooded with calls for new wells as drought persists

New Hampshire Union Leader (Manchester), 9-25-2016

Affected Area: New Hampshire

The owner of a well-drilling business in Amherst said they had a backlog of three to four weeks, with the phone ringing steadily in the last two weeks and most calls coming from Hillsborough and Rockingham counties. A well driller based in Hudson reported getting quite a few calls from the Kingston area. An Epping well driller was getting calls from Barrington, Brentwood, Durham, Epping, Madbury and Nottingham.

Warm, dry summer a blessing and curse for Maine golf industry

Bangor Daily News (Maine), 8-29-2016

Affected Area: Maine

Maine golf courses have benefited from the hot, dry summer because they have had sunny weather and almost no rain days. More irrigation than usual was needed to keep grass green, but golfers appreciate that dry fairways allow the balls to roll further. Overall, golf course operators seemed to like the dry summer and were happy about all of the golfers playing.


A silver lining from California's drought: Water conservation led to reduced energy use and less pollution

Los Angeles Times, 1-12-2018

Affected Area: California

From June 2015 through April 2016, when Californians curbed their water use by 24.5 percent, or 524,000 million gallons of water, they also conserved a lot of electricity at the same time.  By using less water, they conserved 1830 gigawatt hours of electricity—enough to electrify 274,000 average homes for one year.

How hydroelectric power has roared back in California

San Francisco Chronicle, 3-20-2017

Affected Area: California

The recent years of drought caused a significant lull in hydropower production. Fifteen to 18 percent of California’s electricity generation typically comes from hydropower, but during the drought, hydropower generation dropped to less than 10 percent on average. The state turned to burning natural gas to make up the difference, driving up greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent over what they would have been. Burning natural gas also cost Californians $2.4 billion more than they would have paid if hydropower production had been near normal.

Ongoing drought taking toll on Alabama Power lake levels

Alabama NewsCenter, 9-12-2016

Affected Area: Northern Alabama

The dry summer has depleted lakes used by Alabama Power to generate electricity. Water levels at Weiss, Neely Henry, and Logan Martin lakes on the Coosa River, Harris and Martin lakes on the Tallapoosa River, and Smith Lake on the Black Warrior River were dropping and were expected to continue to drop. Alabama Power reduced water releases from its hydroelectric dams and stopped recreational releases from Jordan Dam on the Coosa River.

Water conservation has saved energy, cut greenhouse gas emissions, study finds

Los Angeles Times, 6-7-2016

Affected Area: California

Water conservation in California between June 2015 and February 2016 resulted in energy savings of 922,543 megawatt-hours, which is enough to power 135,000 homes for a year, and also reduced greenhouse gas emissions, found researchers from the University of California-Davis. During that time, Gov. Jerry Brown’s initial emergency conservation program was in effect, requiring all water users to curb their use by 25 percent. Electric utilities and water districts were also ordered to submit reports on their operations, reports that were used by UC Davis to determine the savings.

Easing Drought Boosts California Hydropower, For Now

Climate Central, 6-1-2016

Affected Area: California

Spring hydropower generation has reached its highest level since 2011, thanks to near-average snowfall this winter in the Sierra Nevada, helping power production to rebound from the 15-year low reached last year.


Colorado wildfire forces nearly 2K evacuations amid drought

The Associated Press, 6-15-2018

Affected Area: Southwest Colorado

Firefighters struggled to make progress against the 416 fire burning north of Durango, which has forced the evacuation of roughly 1,900 homes since the blaze started on June 1.

Wildfires in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona force closure of large chunks of forest

USA Today, 6-12-2018

Affected Area: Southwest

Over the past couple of weeks, national forests in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona have closed to visitation to limit the likelihood of wildfires.  The San Juan National Forest in southwestern Colorado, the Santa Fe National Forest in New Mexico and parts of the Tonto, Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino and Kaibab national forests in Arizona have all closed to visitors since June 1.

Agencies issue fire restrictions in light of severe dry weather

The Moab Times-Independent (Utah), 5-24-2018

Affected Area: Southeastern Utah

Drought and dry vegetation in Grand and San Juan counties led to fire restrictions on State of Utah, Bureau of Land Management, United States Forest Service and National Park Service lands and all unincorporated private lands.

Towns piggyback on county's fireworks ban, outlaw sales

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Colo.), 5-23-2018

Affected Area: Western Colorado

The Mesa County Commission banned fireworks sales in unincorporated parts of the county, while De Beque, Fruita and Grand Junction councils also banned fireworks sales, leaving no place in the county were fireworks can be legally sold or used.

Large swaths of national forest near Flagstaff to close due to fire danger starting Wednesday

Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff, Ariz.), 5-21-2018

Affected Area: Northern Arizona

Six large sections of the Coconino National Forest, including the San Francisco Peaks and Mount Elden/Dry Lake Hills, Fay Canyon and Fisher Point, and Fossil Creek were closed to public access as of 8 a.m. May 23.  Areas around Kelly Canyon south of Kachina Village were also closed.  High fire danger and extremely dry conditions in northern Arizona were the reasons for the closure order.

General Awareness

Experts: ‘Alarming’ drought conditions hit US Southwest

The Associated Press, 5-24-2018

Affected Area: Southwest U.S.

The Four Corners region appeared to be headed toward a difficult summer, given that two-thirds of the region was already in drought at the start of the summer.  Some areas were experiencing near-record and record dryness.

More than 60 percent of New Mexico in 'extreme drought'

KOB 4 (Albuquerque, N.M.), 5-18-2018

Affected Area: New Mexico

About 64 percent of New Mexico was in extreme drought or worse and could be headed toward a bad wildfire season.

Drought Returns To Huge Swaths Of U.S., Fueling Fears Of A Thirsty Future

Huffington Post, 4-17-2018

Affected Area: U.S.

With almost one-third of the continental U.S. in some level of drought and the expectation of a hot, dry summer, the concern becomes whether water supplies will be adequate and how to stretch existing reserves.

Report: Drought Expands; Oklahoma Sees Worst Conditions

The New York Times, 4-12-2018

Affected Area: Southwest, Southern Plains

Drought has intensified in the Southwest with the heart of the drought being Oklahoma, where about 20 percent of the state was in exceptional drought.

Late-winter storms slow California's dive back into drought

San Francisco Chronicle (SFGate.com), 4-2-2018

Affected Area: California

As of April 2, the Sierra Nevada snowpack was 52 percent of normal, which was far better than it was one month prior.  The late-season storms were very helpful and fortunately, reservoirs were still full from last year’s abundant winter precipitation.


EU Baltic Sea region wheat crops suffer from drought

Reuters, 6-15-2018

Affected Area: Europe

Wheat in Baltic Sea countries was suffering amid summer drought, possibly cutting into available supplies for export.  Denmark and Sweden might even need to import grain.

S.Africa lifts state of disaster over drought

Agence France Presse, 6-13-2018

Affected Area: South Africa

The national state of disaster in South Africa that was declared in March was lifted after governmental assessments showed that the worst of the drought affecting agricultural production had ended.

'Water is life': Ivory Coast city struggles with crippling drought

News24 (Cape Town, South Africa), 6-6-2018

Affected Area: Bouake, Ivory Coast

The water supply in Bouake, a city of about 800,000 people, dwindled to nothing three months ago, due to climate change induced drought.

Heavily Contaminated 'Red Forest' Near Chernobyl on Fire

Sputnik News (Moscow), 6-5-2018

Affected Area: Ukraine

A wildfire was burning in the exclusion zone near Chernobyl as prolonged drought and high temperatures affected the region.

Lack of Rain Threatens Canola Being Planted in Canadian Prairies

Bloomberg, 5-24-2018

Affected Area: Canada

As Canadian canola farmers get ready to plant their crop, there is great concern that there may not be enough moisture for germination as large sections of Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan have gotten less than 40 percent of average rain since April 1. 


California growers, researchers preparing for next drought

Capital Press - Agriculture Weekly (Salem, Ore.), 5-18-2017

Affected Area: California

Growers and researchers were working fervently to find ways to help California’s orchards, vineyards and row crops withstand the next drought with as little water as they can manage and yet thrive.  Subsurface drip irrigation, minimizing soil disturbance, leaving crop residue, diversifying crop rotations and using cover crops are some of the strategies for improving moisture retention and drought tolerance.

Will replacing thirsty lawns with drought-tolerant plants make L.A. hotter?

Los Angeles Times, 8-2-2016

Affected Area: California

If every lawn in Los Angeles were replaced with drought-tolerant vegetation, researchers from the University of Southern California found that the city’s overall temperature in July would increase up to 3.4 degrees during the day and decrease by about 5.4 degrees cooler during the night. The lower soil moisture changes the thermal properties of the soil.

San Luis Valley aquifer refills after years of drought, overuse

Santa Fe New Mexican, 6-11-2016

Affected Area: San Luis Valley in southern Colorado

A multiyear drought that began in 2002 in the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado quickly drew down the region’s streams and water table, causing wells to go dry abruptly. The Rio Grande Water Conservation District and San Luis Valley water users created a subdistrict project to address the water problem of over appropriation and help the region to balance its water use. Farmers and ranchers paid $75 per acre-foot of groundwater they pumped, but also were compensated for fallowing parts of their fields, limiting water demand.
In the four years since the subdistrict project began in 2012, the aquifer is recovering. One-third less groundwater water being pumped than before the project, from more than 320,000 acre-feet prior to 2012 to about 200,000 acre-feet. Ten thousand acres that previously were used to cultivate thirsty alfalfa and potato crops were fallow. Stewards of the land continue to improve soil quality and were striving to grow more efficient crops as other ways to help the aquifer.

Central America tests drought-resistant 'miracle' beans

ReliefWeb, 12-1-2015

Affected Area: El Salvador

A hybrid light red bean created through traditional cross-breeding grows well despite little moisture and is resistant to bean golden yellow mosaic virus.

This machine can make salty water drinkable — using only the sun’s rays

The Washington Post, 5-6-2015

Affected Area:

A group of people from Massachusetts Institute of Technology developed a novel method of purifying brackish, undrinkable water via a solar-powered water desalination system. The water produced by the system is free of contaminants and is potable.

Plants & Wildlife

Watch where you step: With prey getting scarce, Utah rattlesnakes are on the prowl and hungrier than ever

The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah), 6-10-2018

Affected Area: Salt Lake City, Utah

Severe drought limited populations of small rodents, causing snakes to travel more widely in search of prey.  State wildlife officials warned the public to keep their distance from rattlesnakes as encounters have been more common.

Drought, price of hay has state auctioning off bison herd

Tulsa World (Okla.), 5-10-2018

Affected Area: Oklahoma

About 55 bison were auctioned from the Foss State Park Herd as drought, dry pasture and the price of hay make keeping the animals too costly.

Minnow rescues under way as portions of Rio Grande dry up

Valley Morning Star (Harlingen, Texas), 4-13-2018

Affected Area: New Mexico

Biologists began rescue efforts on April 2 to salvage the Rio Grande silvery minnow, a tiny fish listed as endangered since 1994. More than 10 miles of the Rio Grande River in the vicinity of Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge were dry, making this one of the earliest salvage efforts as low snowpack and little water threatened the fish.

Dry weather helping Lake Okeechobee recover

Fox 29 WFLX.com (West Palm Beach, Fla.), 3-28-2018

Affected Area: Lake Okeechobee, South Florida

Hurricane Irma raised the level of Lake Okeechobee in 2017 and destroyed miles of underwater vegetation.   Drought has allowed the lake level to drop back into a more comfortable range that was allowing the ecosystem to recover, but lower lake levels could be even more beneficial.

California salmon lose way after ride downstream in drought

The Sacramento Bee, 12-26-2017

Affected Area: California

Six million fewer fall-run Chinook salmon were produced at the federal Coleman National Fish Hatchery for release into Battle Creek in the spring of 2018, half of the usual production of 12 million fish. Past years of drought, notably 2014 and 2015, led biologists to truck juvenile salmon to the Delta because rivers were warm and shallow rather than cold, roiling rivers of stormwater runoff that protect the fish. Transporting the fish resulted in fewer fish being able to return on their own to the fishery to spawn as returns of spring- and winter-run salmon born during drought were some of the lowest on record.

Relief, Response, & Restrictions

Drought declared in fourth Oregon county

Capital Press – Ag Weekly (Salem, Ore.), 6-4-2018

Affected Area: Lake County, Oregon

Lake County received an emergency drought declaration from Gov. Kate Brown.  The Lake County Board of Commissioners sought drought relief in March, given the below normal precipitation and inconsistent water storage.  Klamath, Grant and Harney counties already received emergency drought declarations.

Oregon Governor Declares Drought Emergency in Harney County

U.S. News & World Report, 5-25-2018

Affected Area: Harney County, Oregon

Gov. Kate Brown declared a drought emergency in Harney County, making this the third county with such a declaration, following Klamath and Grant counties.

Drought status remains in Bamberg, not Calhoun and Orangeburg

Orangeburg Times and Democrat (S.C.), 4-25-2018

Affected Area: South Carolina

The South Carolina Drought Response Committee determined that 15 counties remained in incipient drought as of April 25. Parts of the Midlands and central Savannah area received less than 60 percent of normal precipitation since Dec. 1.

Drought Emergency In Grant County

KXL.com (Portland, Ore.), 4-16-2018

Affected Area: Grant County, Oregon

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declared a drought emergency for Grant County on April 13. Low snowpack, a lack of precipitation, low streamflow and warming temperatures were reasons for the declaration.

The governor declared a drought emergency in Klamath County on March 13.

Kansas Delegation Calls for Emergency Haying and Grazing

USAgNet (Marshfield, Wis.), 3-20-2018

Affected Area: Kansas

Kansas lawmakers sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue requesting emergency haying and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program lands, due to ongoing drought.


Two-degree warming may cause droughts in the Mediterranean region

Phys.org, 5-15-2018

Affected Area: Mediterranean

If climate change brings a temperature increase of 2 degrees or more, the probability of the Mediterranean region experiencing extremely dry decades will be five times higher than it is currently.

Scientists reveal drivers of prolonged spring-summer drought over North China

EurekAlert!, 5-7-2018

Affected Area: North China

Many prolonged spring-summer droughts occurred in North China when La Niña transitioned to El Niño following a winter with a negative North Pacific Oscillation.

How a Medieval Society Withstood Nearly 60 Years of Drought

The Atlantic, 5-4-2018

Affected Area: Mongolia

The Uighurs of the Central Asian steppe diversified their economy and increased trade amid a 67-year drought that occurred more than a millennium ago.

Climate change intensifies droughts in Europe

EurekAlert!, 4-23-2018

Affected Area: Europe

If global warming causes a rise in temperatures of three degrees, the drought regions in Europe will expand from 13 percent to 26 percent of the total area compared to the reference period of 1971 to 2000, according to research by scientists from the U.S., the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the Helmholz Center for Environmental Research.

California's wild extremes of drought and floods to worsen as climate warms

USA Today, 4-23-2018

Affected Area: California

A new study indicates that California may experience wild weather extremes from dry to wet as the climate continues to warm, according to UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain.  Such whiplash events would likely happen about eight times per century in a warmer climate, compared to about four times a century in a more stable climate.

Society & Public Health

Airborne dust threatens human health in Southwest

Science Daily, 4-24-2018

Affected Area: U.S. Southwest

Future droughts in the Southwest may cause an increase in dust emissions, which could result in significant increases in hospital admissions and premature deaths.

Wind, dirt close highways, blow over semi as parts of Kansas drier than Dust Bowl

The Wichita Eagle (Kan.), 3-6-2018

Affected Area: Kansas

Very dry conditions in Kansas and strong winds led to a dust storm on the afternoon of March 6.  The dust storm closed Interstate 70 and other highways, including parts of U.S. 36, U.S. 40 and K-25, for a brief time.  Nearly 99 percent of the state was abnormally dry or worse, with more than 73 percent of the state in moderate or worse drought.

Meat makes a comeback: Prices coming down and U.S. consumption predicted to rise

Yakima Herald (Wash.), 1-9-2018

Affected Area: U.S.

Drought and high feed costs have kept meat prices high in recent years, but the meat supply is expanding, and with that, meat prices were coming down.

North Dakota drought delays reclamation of Cold War site

The Bismarck Tribune (N.D.), 11-15-2017

Affected Area: North Dakota

Drought and an inability to get grass growing at the site of a Cold War-era base in Divide County has prevented the full reclamation of the Fortuna Air Force Station. Grass must be seeded on an inert waste disposal pit, but a contractor’s seeding in July did not survive. County workers have since reseeded the area.

The base in northwestern Divide County was activated in 1952 as a radar facility during the Cold War. Before partial deactivation in 1979, Fortuna AFS had long-range and height-finder radar, data and backup systems. The site was decommissioned and abandoned in 1984.

More ink, less water: News coverage of the drought prompted Californians to conserve, study suggests

Los Angeles Times, 10-27-2017

Affected Area: California

The more news coverage of California’s drought, the more Californians conserved, according to research by Stanford University.

Tourism & Recreation

Drought, closures halt stocking on Rim streams

Payson Roundup (Ariz.), 6-1-2018

Affected Area: Central Arizona

Rain and snow did not replenish reservoirs in the Rim Country, leaving insufficient water for supplementing the East Verde River.

‘This is really bad:’ Flows in Pecos River are tiny

Albuquerque Journal (N.M.), 5-18-2018

Affected Area: Pecos River in eastern New Mexico

The low water levels prompted New Mexico Game & Fish to stock fewer fish on the Pecos River and take the remaining fish elsewhere. Some of the trout that would normally be stocked in northern New Mexico waterways were instead taken to the San Juan River and Heron, Storrie, Eagle Nest and El Vado lakes.

Annual fishing event affected by ‘dire’ drought

Santa Fe New Mexican , 5-4-2018

Affected Area: Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Children’s Fishing Derby in Santa Fe was postponed due to unusually low inflows into the city’s reservoirs.  The meager inflows also ended the possibility of a spring pulse of water in the Santa Fe River.  The fishing derby usually takes place in early June, but could be rescheduled in the fall if adequate rain falls during the summer. 

Inflow into McClure Reservoir on May 1 was about 1 cubic foot per second, in comparison with the daily projection of about 4 cubic feet per second.

Dry, hot California winter closes ski resorts, stalls wildflower blooms and revives drought fears

Los Angeles Times, 2-13-2018

Affected Area: California

Royal Gorge, Tahoe Donner, TahoeXC and other Nordic trails were closed for skiing, as the poor snowpack left recreationists looking to fat tire biking rather than skiing. The statewide snowpack for this time of year averaged 21 percent.

Dry, hot California winter closes ski resorts, stalls wildflower blooms and revives drought fears

Los Angeles Times, 2-13-2018

Affected Area: California

Royal Gorge, Tahoe Donner, TahoeXC and other Nordic trails were closed for skiing, as the poor snowpack left recreationists looking to fat tire biking rather than skiing. The statewide snowpack for this time of year averaged 21 percent.

Water Supply & Quality

Southeast Alaska dries up in rare problem: a drought

JuneauEmpire.com (Alaska), 6-13-2018

Affected Area: Southeast Alaska

As water supplies ran low in the spring, water restrictions were in effect for Wrangell and the Swan Lake and Black Bear Lake hydroelectric plants shut down.

San Marcos declares Stage 2 drought restrictions

San Marcos Daily Record (Texas), 6-13-2018

Affected Area: San Marcos, Texas

Stage 2 drought restrictions will take effect in San Marcos on June 17 as the Edwards Aquifer continues to fall rapidly at a rate of one to two feet per day.  Stage 3 restrictions could be just weeks away.

Dickinson County rural water district declares water watch

Salina Journal (Kan.), 6-11-2018

Affected Area: Kansas

Voluntary water conservation and a reduction in nonessential water use were requested of users in the Dickinson County Rural Water District No. 1 as drought depleted water supplies.

Salem drinking water crisis: Oregon’s dry spring may have fueled toxic algae spread

Salem Statesman Journal (Ore.), 6-6-2018

Affected Area: Salem, Oregon

Oregon’s hot, dry weather in May might have fueled the growth and spread of a toxic algae bloom in Detroit Lake, the source of Salem’s drinking water. The algae bloom was initially reported on May 8 and reached highly toxic levels on May 21. Toxins moved from the reservoir into the North Santiam River and into Salem’s drinking water supply, prompting the issuance of the city’s second do-not-drink alert for vulnerable populations on June 6, due to the high level of cyanotoxins in the water.

San Antonio among cities with drought water use restrictions

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas), 5-22-2018

Affected Area: Vicinity of San Antonio, Texas

The Edwards Aquifer Authority announced Stage 1 pumping restrictions after the 10-day average level of an index well fell below the minimum 660 feet trigger.  Some cities in South Texas began restricting water use with permit holders in Bexar, Atascosa, Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe, Hays and Medina counties being told to limit their pumping. 

The San Antonio Water System permitted outdoor watering between 7 p.m. and 11 a.m. one day weekly, depending on one’s street address.  Similar restrictions will take effect in San Marcos on May 27.