Latest Droughts News

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...

Southern half of New Hampshire in moderate drought

Jun. 25, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The southern half of New Hampshire is experiencing moderate drought conditions, prompting the state Department of Environmental Services to tell people with private wells to start conserving water. “Due to COVID-19, people are at home more often, which means a higher than usual...

FILE - In this June 15, 2020, file photo, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis makes a point during a news conference in Denver. Gov. Polis has ordered a task force to assess initial damage and recommend mitigation measures for severe drought conditions affecting 40 of Colorado's 64 counties, or roughly a third of the state. Polis' order follows dwindling mountain snowpack, a warmer-than-average spring and far less precipitation than normal, Colorado Politics reported Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Drought plan enacted for 40 Colorado counties by governor

Jun. 24, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Gov. Jared Polis has ordered a task force to assess initial damage and recommend mitigation measures for severe drought conditions affecting 40 of Colorado's 64 counties, or roughly a third of the state. Polis' order follows dwindling mountain snowpack, a warmer-than-average spring and far...

FILE - In this June 28, 2013 file photo, construction work takes place, at the site of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near Assosa, Ethiopia. Egypt and Sudan said talks over a controversial massive Nile dam would be resumed Monday, June 15, 2020, amid Egyptian accusations that Ethiopia has sought to scrap “all agreements and deals” they had previously reached, and that “many fundamental issues” remain rejected by Ethiopia, the third party to the project. (AP Photo/Elias Asmare, File)

Egypt: Ethiopia rejecting 'fundamental issues' on Nile dam

Jun. 14, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia on Sunday said talks would continue later this week to resolve their dispute over a Nile dam Ethiopia is constructing, even as Cairo accused Addis Ababa of rejecting “fundamental issues” at the heart of the negotiations. Ethiopia wants to begin filling...

An old military truck used during flooding sits parked at the Carlos Escobar Lopez vocational school which will be used as a shelter during this year's hurricane season in Loiza, Puerto Rico, Thursday, May 28, 2020. Caribbean islands have rarely been so vulnerable as an unusually active hurricane season threatens a region still recovering from recent storms as it fights a worsening drought and a pandemic that has drained budgets and muddled preparations.  (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Battered Caribbean prepares for hurricanes amid pandemic

May. 29, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricanes. Earthquakes. COVID-19. Caribbean islands have rarely been so vulnerable as an unusually active hurricane season threatens a region still recovering from recent storms as it fights a worsening drought and a pandemic that has drained budgets and muddled preparations....