Drought warnings are in effect for most of New York State’s counties.

Drought warnings are in effect for most of New York State's counties

The Governor of New York State, Kathy Hochul, announced on Tuesday that a drought watch has been issued for the majority of the state’s 62 counties as a direct result of extended periods of dry weather that have taken place all throughout the summer. These dry spells have taken place all throughout the state.

According to a statement released by Hochul, “severe drought conditions continue to persist across the state, despite the fact that recent rains have been helpful. ” Residents of the state of New York who reside in regions that are now subject to a drought watch are advised to make every effort possible to save water in their homes. If we want to have any hope of preventing the drought from becoming any worse, we will need to implement some basic water conservation techniques. This is the only way our efforts will have any chance of succeeding.

Only Westchester County and New York City, together with the counties bordering the Eastern Great Lakes and those in the Adirondacks, are exempt from the increase of the drought watch issued by the National Weather Service. Additional counties located in the northeastern region of the United States are a part of this expansion.

As a result of the transfer, there are no longer any mandatory norms or regulations pertaining to the usage of water in force. The move had this immediate effect, as can be seen above. However, state officials are requesting that homeowners only water their lawns when it is absolutely necessary, use water collected in rain barrels, dehumidifiers, or air conditioners to water plants, raise the cutting height of their lawn mowers, and sweep roads and sidewalks with a brush rather than a hose. These measures are all intended to reduce the amount of water that is used in the state. Each of these measures has the potential to cut down on the quantity of water that is lost. Every one of these steps is being performed with the intention of bringing about a reduction in the amount of water that is used throughout the state.

According to Basil Seggos, the commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, this year’s above-normal temperatures and below-normal precipitation have led to “poor stream flows, falling groundwater levels, and the persistent danger of wildfire,” all of which continue to worsen. This quotation includes the words “poor stream flows,” “lowered groundwater levels,” and “the persistent danger of wildfire.” All of these phrases exist in the quote.

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will continue to monitor water levels and the environmental implications of the dry conditions, and it will urge citizens across the state to monitor their water consumption and minimize water waste. Additionally, the DEC will continue to monitor the environmental impacts of the dry conditions. In addition, it will keep a close eye on the effects that the dry circumstances are having on the surrounding ecosystem. In addition, the DEC is going to keep a careful check on the impact that the dry weather is having on the ecology in order to make sure that there aren’t any negative consequences.

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September 26, 2022, 9:16 am

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