Minnesota’s current drought is a regional, but the implications hit close to home here in our watershed. As a local Water Management Organization, VLAWMO contributes to regional groundwater with its many lakes and over 500 wetlands. Communities within VLAWMO draw from this groundwater for many household and business uses. In a time of drought, our watershed can support regional groundwater by practicing water conservation and being informed on state-wide efforts and information.
Current demand on groundwater is beginning to stress groundwater supplies in some areas of the state. August, 2021 is a time for caution and action to mitigate the long-term impacts of the drought. Efforts made today will support the ability for regional water resources to maintain stability during the drought cycle, and bounce back when it passes.
2021 precipitation data not yet available from MN Office of Climatology. Past data can be compared to this year through the US Weather Service.
Current Drought Severity Index (PDSI) for the Twin Cities ranges from -1 to -3 depending on location.
Source: MN Office of Climatology
1. Visit the DNR Drought Conditions Overview website for weekly updates.
2. Find public data from groundwater observation wells near you: Cooperative Groundwater Monitoring.
3. Find national drought updates at the U.S. Drought Monitor website.
4. Check Lambert Creek flow rates and water levels through real-time remote creek monitoring: Lambert Creek webpage.
5. Read about the current drought warning phase.
6. Explore past Minnesota temperature and precipitation data.