Environment

Current Drought Conditions

As part of the Metropolitan Washington Water Supply and Drought Awareness Response Plan, COG issues monthly drought reports from May - October. COG also encourages wise water use throughout the entire year - visit the outreach and education website for water conservation tips.

Summary of Conditions - November 3, 2017
October proved to be one of the hottest months on record for our region but thankfully we received some much needed rain throughout the month, especially during the last week. The current U.S. Drought monitor indicates that the COG region is experiencing some abnormally dry conditions. The Potomac River Basin received an above average amount of precipitation in October, most regional groundwater levels are reporting normal to below normal levels, and local reservoirs are nearly full.  In Maryland, the Central region and Eastern regions are under a normal status.  In Virginia, the Northern Virginia drought evaluation region is normal, although groundwater levels are low.

The CO-OP performed daily drought monitoring from October 20 -30 due to the fact that streamflows fell below the monitoring trigger level of 2,000 cubic feet per second or 1,293 million gallons per day at Point of Rocks. During this time, the CO-OP sent daily email reports to stakeholders summarizing flow, weather, and demand conditions. For a summary of activities and to learn more about the CO-OP, please visit ICPRB’s drought monitoring website. Note that current Potomac streamflows are well above median levels.

Regional Water Supply and Drought Status Reports
COG's Regional Drought and Water Supply Status Outlook 
COG's CAO Drought Primer 
ICPRB's Water Supply Outlook
Virginia -  VADEQ Current Drought Conditions
Maryland - MDE Current Drought Conditions

Current Drought Monitor and Outlooks
US Drought Monitor 
Palmer Drought Index/Crop Moisture
Climate Prediction Center - Precipitation Outlooks

National Weather Service Short Term Weather Forecast - Washington, DC
National Weather Service Short Term Weather Forecast- Martinsburg, VA

Current River and Ground Water Conditions
Potomac River Flow at Little Falls
Potomac River Flow at Point of Rocks
Groundwater Levels for the Potomac River basin

Current Precipitation Information
National Weather Service - Precipitation Departures
Washington, DC, Reagan National Airport Precipitation 
Dulles Airport Precipitation 

Wise Water Use Tips for Outdoor Use - Lawn Care and Maintenance
Wise Water Use Tips 
Wise Water Use Landscaping and Watering Guide