Minnesota enters ‘drought warning’ phase, according to DNR

Minnesota enters ‘drought warning’ phase, according to DNR

July 19, 2021 News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

By Paul Vold kkinradio@embarqmail.com (7/19/21)

(Minnesota) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and other agencies are now taking extra precautions and measures, with 52-percent of the State experiencing severe drought and 4-percent in extreme drought, as Minnesota enters into the drought warning phase.

The designation of the warning phase occurs when a significant portion of the state passes thresholds for severe drought conditions at major watersheds. The warning phase for public water suppliers using the Mississippi River is also triggered when stream flows in the Twin Cities have dropped below designated levels.

With the drought warning being triggered, actions being taken include convening the State Drought Task Force, notify water appropriators with DNR permits that should follow water conservation measures and public water suppliers that it is time to implement their water-use reduction action, and temporarily suspend or modify some water appropriations in response to the low streamflow conditions.

In order to move out of the drought warning phase, it will take at least 3-5 inches of precipitation spread over a period of about two weeks. 

Learn more about droughts in Minnesota and how Minnesotans can conserve water on the DNR’s website.