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Drought and the Impact on Maine's Water Resources

September 18, 2018

In 2016 Maine experienced the effects of several months of below average precipitation, with some regions of the state exhibiting extreme drought conditions. 2017 was a year of improvement; however limited areas in northern and eastern Maine experienced moderate drought for a period of weeks.

Recent precipitation has alleviated dry conditions in many regions of the state. However, drought still holds a grip on portions of Northern Maine. The Palmer Drought Index for Northern Maine continues to worsen; the September 15 reading is the worst of the year.

The Northern Maine impact is depicted in the 7 day average streamflow map: https://waterwatch.usgs.gov/index.php?m=dryw&r=me.

The resources which have been posted on this site have been put here to provide information that water utility managers can use to monitor the current drought and to make informed decisions relative to the management of their sources of supply.

Additional, more detailed information on Maine’s groundwater and surface water monitoring network can be accessed at the following links: