South Florida Water Shortage Warning: Lawn Watering Limits

map: South Florida drought - water conservation areas

At its April 13 meeting, the SFWMD Governing Board issued a water shortage warning for all 16 counties in the District in response to falling water levels and extremely dry conditions that are expected to linger. The most beneficial conservation practice for South Florida residents is to follow mandatory year-round landscape irrigation conservation measures listed on this page.

Water Shortage Order No. 2017-026-DAO-WS:
Water Shortage Warning for all Use Classes
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Hydrological drought explained

Hydrological drought explained

Abstract — Drought is a complex natural hazard that impacts ecosystems and society in many ways. Many of these impacts are associated with hydrological drought (drought in rivers, lakes, and groundwater). It is, therefore, crucial to understand the development and recovery of hydrological drought. In this review an overview is given of the current state of scientific knowledge of definitions, processes, and quantification of hydrological drought. Special attention is given

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A Look at What’s in Store for California Water in 2017

A Look at What’s in Store for California Water in 2017

We don’t know what kind of water year it will be yet, but there are already some big story lines that look set to develop throughout the year and key areas of focus we’ll continue covering. The California Department of Water Resources conducts its first manual snow survey. The survey, on Jan. 3, 2017 at Phillips Station, took

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California’s water policy at potential tipping point

Photo: water aqueducts - California’s water policy at potential tipping point

Recent rain and snowfall conditions have us all hoping 2017 may be a wet year and offer a break in our six-year drought. But whether the drought is broken or not, Californians must act this year to achieve more sustainable long-term water management.

California operates at a water deficit. Even in wet years, we use more surface and groundwater than is replenished by rainfall. It is not sustainable. The recently … [more…]

California drought: First snow survey of the year Tuesday as big storms forecast

California drought: First snow survey of the year Tuesday as big storms forecast

Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, crosses a snow covered meadow as he performs the second manual snow survey of the season at Phillips Station near Echo Summit, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. The survey showed the snowpack at 130 percent of normal for this site at this time

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