Basin State Drought Status and Associated Links
Overview

The DRBC's drought operating plan, which is designed for managing regional storage, complements the plans of the states which respond to local water supply conditions.

The state drought plans look at factors such as precipitation amounts, soil moisture, streamflows, groundwater levels, and local reservoir storage. 

Map of DRB Drought Status as Declared by the Basin States.

View/Download Map of Drought Status in the DRB as Declared by the Basin States (pdf 1.3 MB; dated August 11, 2017)

  • The New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) issued a drought watch for New York State on July 15, 2016. View the press release.
    • In May 2017, the NYSDEC updated its drought declarations from drought watch to normal conditions for the entire state, with the exception of Long Island, which remains in a drought watch. View their current drought conditions webpage.
  • The New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection:
    • Issued a drought watch for several N.J. counties on July 25, 2016. View the press release.
    • Added six additional counties, all partially in or completely in the DRB, to the drought watch declaration on October 5, 2016. Also announced that they will be holding a public hearing on October 20, 2016 in anticipation of designating a formal drought warning for 12 counties in northern N.J. View the press release.
    • After holding a public hearing on October 20, 2016, NJDEP announced the issuance of a drought warning on October 21, 2016 for 14 counties in northern and central N.J., including seven partially in or completely in the DRB. View the press release.
    • Lifted a drought warning for 12 of 14 counties in the northern and central regions of N.J. and lifted a drought watch for four counties in the southwestern part of the state. Currently, only one New Jersey county partially in the DRB (Hunterdon) remains in a drought warning; the remaining counties located entirely or partially in the DRB are now under normal conditions. View the press release.
    • NEW! Lifted the drought warning declaration on August 11, 2017 for the two remaining counties, including Hunterdon County which is located partially in the DRB. Drought status is now normal state-wide. View the administrative order.
  • The Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection:
    • Issued a drought watch for 34 Pa. counties, six in the DRB, on August 2, 2016. View the press release.
    • Added four additional counties, three in the DRB, to the drought watch declaration on September 6, 2016. View the press release.
    • Issued drought warnings for four counties (all in the DRB) and increased the number of counties in drought watch status to 30 on November 3, 2016. All 17 Pennsylvania counties located entirely or partially in the DRB are now either in a state-issued drought watch or warning. View the press release.
    • Updated its drought declarations for 17 counties (8 in or partially in the DRB); of the 17, six improve from warning to watch status, and 11 improve from watch to normal status. Currently, 13 Pennsylvania counties located entirely or partially in the DRB are now in a state-issued drought watch. View the press release.
    • Updated its drought declarations for six counties; of the six, two that are not in the DRB improve to drought watch from drought warning. The remaining four counties improve to normal conditions from drought watch and include three located entirely or partially in the DRB (Carbon, Monroe, and Schuylkill). Currently, 10 Pennsylvania counties located entirely or partially in the DRB are now in a state-issued drought watch; view the press release.
    • Updated its drought declarations from drought watch to normal status for 19 counties; of the 19, 10 are located entirely or partially in the DRB. Drought status is now normal state-wide. View the press release.
Delaware

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control - Division of Water

USGS Water Science Center for Delaware, Maryland, and D.C.

USGS Real-Time Water Data for Delaware

USGS Groundwater Data for Delaware, Including Groundwater Watch Page

Water Resources Agency at the University of Delaware

New Jersey

New Jersey Drought Information (NJ Drought Hotline: 1-800-4-ITS-DRY or 1-800-448-7379)

Department of Environmental Protection Division of Water Supply and Geoscience 

USGS New Jersey Water Science Center

USGS Real-Time Water Data for New Jersey

USGS Summary of Monthly Hydrologic Conditions in New Jersey

USGS Groundwater Data for New Jersey, Including Groundwater Watch Page

New York

Department of Environmental Conservation Drought Page

USGS New York Water Science Center

USGS Real-Time Water Data for New York

USGS End-of Month Hydrologic Condition Reports 

USGS Groundwater Data for New York, Including Groundwater Watch Page

New York City Department of Environmental Protection Drought Response Page

Pennsylvania

Department of Environmental Protection Drought Information

USGS Pennsylvania Water Science Center

USGS Pennsylvania Drought Monitoring

USGS Real-Time Water Data for Pennsylvania

USGS Groundwater Data for Pennsylvania, Including Groundwater Watch Page

Penn State University College of Agricultural Sciences Drought Information