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 - July 11, 2017
The COG region received an above average amount of rain in the past 30 days and continues to be drought free.  Since the start of the calendar year, dry conditions have improved significantly and only a small portion of abnormal dryness remains in southern Maryland. Local reservoirs are full, regional groundwater and streamflows are currently near median levels, and drought status conditions in Maryland and Virginia are improving.

In Maryland, the Central region has improved to drought Watch and the Eastern region has moved from Watch to Normal.  In Virginia, the Drought Watch Advisory previously issued for the Northern Virginia drought evaluation region has been lifted. 

Record setting heat is possible for our region this week but fortunately temperatures should return to normal by the weekend.  COG will continue monitor conditions and provide additional updates if drought conditions should change throughout the month.

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