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After years of magical thinking about rains that rarely came, California agencies are struggling to combat the state’s prolonged drought through myriad mandates, restrictions and development of alternative sources of water; however, California is not the only suffering state according to a recent State Net® Capitol Journal article.
In fact, as of May 12, drought was impacting every state in the nation but six, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, a weekly measure of drought conditions produced by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s National Drought Mitigation Center and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. California is facing the most severe drought, with nearly half of the state in “D4,” or “exceptional drought,” the highest level designated by the Drought Monitor. But a sizeable part of Nevada is also at that level, and areas of Idaho, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Utah are at D3.
States with areas designated “D0 Abnormally Dry” to “D1 Moderate Drought”: Montana, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Arkansas, Tennessee, Nebraska, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Alaska, Hawaii 29
States with areas designated “D2 Severe Drought” to “D3 Extreme Drought”: Washington, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Oregon, Colorado, Minnesota, Wyoming, South Dakota, New Mexico, Utah, Idaho, Kansas 13
States with areas designated “D4 Exceptional Drought”: California, Nevada 2
States with no drought: Kentucky, Louisiana, Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Delaware 6
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The above article and image are courtesy of StateNet Capitol Journal.