Latest Droughts News

Agency determines all of Colorado abnormally dry, in drought

Aug. 7, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Gov. Jared Polis has activated Colorado's drought plan to track impacts, save water, coordinate local responses and help hard-hit farmers following a federal assessment that determined that the state is abnormally dry or in drought for the first time in eight years. The finding is consistent...

Drought parches much of Colorado amid drier, warmer weather

Aug. 3, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A year after most of Colorado was drought-free, nearly all of the state is now experiencing a dry spell, according to data released by the U.S. Drought Monitor. The western corners of the state were abnormally dry during the summer of 2019, but the rest experienced no drought. Now, every...

New Mexico forests lift campfire bans as monsoons crank up

Jul. 23, 2020 12:28 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some New Mexico forests are rolling back bans on campfires as the summer rainy season sets in. Officials with the Lincoln and Gila national forests cited the onset of monsoons as the reason for rescinding fire restrictions on the southern New Mexico forests. Still, forest managers...

This satellite image taken Sunday, July 12, 2020, shows the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile river in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia. New satellite imagery shows the reservoir behind Ethiopia's disputed hydroelectric dam beginning to fill, but an analyst says it's likely due to seasonal rains instead of government action. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

Ethiopia, Egypt reach 'major common understanding' on dam

Jul. 21, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Ethiopia’s prime minister said Tuesday his country, Egypt and Sudan have reached a “major common understanding which paves the way for a breakthrough agreement” on a massive dam project that has led to sharp regional tensions and led some to fear military conflict....

Despite rainfall, drought conditions expected to persist

Jul. 9, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Despite receiving some rain with more expected soon, New Hampshire will not be able to overcome a precipitation deficit this year just yet, the state climatologist told a drought management panel meeting Thursday. Southern New Hampshire is experiencing moderate drought conditions....

New Hampshire drought management team to convene

Jul. 8, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Drought Management Team is going to convene for the first time this year, now that much of the state is experiencing moderate drought conditions. The management team last met in 2018 and 2016. It's scheduled to meet Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Last month, the state Department...

Drought affects parts of Oregon, Bend urges conservation

Jul. 7, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown last week declared a drought emergency in seven counties. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the governor’s July 1 emergency drought declaration covers regions where agriculture relies on scant water: Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson in central Oregon, Douglas...

This May 31, 2020 image shows a group of kayakers making their way down the Rio Grande between Rio Rancho and Albuquerque, New Mexico. One of New Mexico's largest drinking water providers has decided to stop diverting water from the Rio Grande to help prevent the stretch that runs through Albuquerque from going dry this summer. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

Water diversions paused to ensure Rio Grande keeps flowing

Jun. 30, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of New Mexico’s largest drinking water providers will stop diverting water from the Rio Grande to help prevent the stretch of the river that runs through Albuquerque from going dry this summer, officials said Tuesday. The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility...

Worsening drought forces state of emergency in Puerto Rico

Jun. 29, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor on Monday declared a state of emergency as a worsening drought creeps across the U.S. territory amid a coronavirus pandemic. Starting July 2, nearly 140,000 clients, including some in the capital of San Juan, will be without water for 24 hours...

Arizona starts talks on addressing dwindling Colorado River

Jun. 25, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona is getting a jump start on what will be a yearslong process to address a dwindling but key water source in the U.S. West. Several states and Mexico rely on the Colorado River for drinking water and growing crops. But climate change, drought and demand have taken a toll on...