July 17, 2015

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

For Public Dissemination Alabama Drought Declarations

 

In accordance with the Alabama Drought Planning and Response Act (Code of Ala. 1975, ยง9-10C-1, et seq.) and the Alabama Drought Management Plan, the ADECA Office of Water Resources (OWR), based on a review of current and anticipated conditions, has declared the following portions of Alabama to be under the specified drought declaration levels.

Declaration Region(s) Impacted
Emergency None
Warning None
Watch None

Advisory Regions 2, 3, 7, 8, and 9 in the Alabama Drought Management Plan which includes the counties of: Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Butler, Cherokee, Coffee, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Cullman, Dale, Escambia, Etowah, Fayette, Geneva, Greene, Hale, Henry, Houston, Jefferson, Lamar, Marion, Mobile, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Shelby, St.Clair, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Walker, and Winston.

None Regions 1, 4, 5, and 6 in the Alabama Drought Management Plan which includes the counties of: Autauga, Bullock, Calhoun, Chambers, Chilton, Choctaw, Clarke, Clay, Cleburne, Colbert, Coosa, Dallas, DeKalb, Elmore, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lee, Limestone, Lowndes, Macon, Madison, Marengo, Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Randolph, Russell, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Washington, and Wilcox.

Increased temperatures in the last few weeks and the lack of significant rainfall has resulted in the return of drier conditions. Reservoir levels are near normal conditions but some groundwater wells have not returned to normal water levels. As a result of these conditions, five drought regions have been increased to the Advisory level. Public water system managers and other non-public and private water users should carefully monitor water conditions. The OWR will regularly assess conditions and modify this drought declaration as needed

 

For further information, please visit our website at www.adeca.alabama.gov/waterand follow the link to Drought Planning and Management. You may also reach OWR staff by phone at (334) 242-5499, fax at (334) 242-0776, or e-mail at water@adeca.alabama.gov.



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