Kasey Dresser | February 19, 2018
This week’s segment summaries the report from the 2017 Iowa DNR’s Water Summary.
The Iowa DNR’s Water Summary Update reported less rainfall than normal for 2017.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
In 2017, Iowa received 33 inches of rainfall which is 2 inches less than the 30 year average. The beginning of the year was drought free but by August the Drought Mitigation Center recorded most of the state showing some form of drought. Most of the dryness was concentrated in South and South East Iowa.
In areas like Marion, Washington, Lee and Wayne counties, annual precipitation deficits of 10 inches or more were common. The annual precipitation levels of 2017 were the lowest since Iowa’s record 2012 drought.
In terms of streamflow, the year started off with high levels after a rainy fall season in 2016. Throughout the rest of the year streamflow levels remained normal and are currently normal for the majority of the state.
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From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Betsy Stone.