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.

November 2016 - Drought Stage - NORMAL

  • The most recent Potomac Basin Drought Monitor indicates areas of abnormal dryness (DO) exists in portions of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia
  • There is a below normal probability of releases from the Washington Metropolitan area's back-up water supply reservoirs for the 2016 fall season
  • Stream flows measured at Point of Rocks and Little Falls are below median levels 
  • Most of the groundwater monitoring wells in the region report normal levels although below normal levels exits througout the Pasin
  • Precipitation levels in the Potomac River Basin were below normal in October by 1.7 inches

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

Current Drought Monitor and Status Reports
Regional Drought and Water Supply Status Outlook - November 2016
COG's CAO Drought Primer 
ICPRB's Water Supply Outlook
US Drought Monitor 
Palmer Drought Index/Crop Moisture

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
Washington, DC, Reagan National Airport Precipitation 
Dulles Airport Precipitation 
Climate Prediction Center - Precipitation Outlooks 
National Weather Service Short Term Weather Forecast - Washington, DC 
National Weather Service Short Term Weather Forecast- Martinsburg, VA