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Maryland Drought Information and Current Status

Drought Status in Maryland Map As of February 14, 2016

A drought Watch was declared for the Central, and Western regions at the end of November, 2016.  As of December 31, 2016, the Western region has improved to Normal status but the Central region remains in a drought Watch. The declaration of a drought Watch triggers the requirements for evaluation and update of the hydrological indicators every two weeks instead of monthly, until the status is returned to Normal.

The Watch status also triggers a number of other actions including water conservation, public notification, and in some instances water use reduction, however, MDE has the discretion to postpone the requirement when the Watch status is in non-growing/ winter season.

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