DNR entering drought restrictive phases for 2 major watersheds

DNR entering drought restrictive phases for 2 major watersheds

August 24, 2021 News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

By Paul Vold kkin@rjbroadcasting.com (8/24/21)

(Minnesota) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has released that 3 major watersheds will be remaining under drought restrictive phases with the on-going drought across the State.

The Mississippi Headwaters, Rainy River, and the Red River watersheds are experiencing extreme to exceptional drought that creates further restrictions on water use to protect drinking water supplies.

Conditions have worsened across Minnesota since the State entered the drought warning phase in mid-July. For the first time since 2000, the drought intensity classification scale has reached exceptional drought intensity classification in a portion of Minnesota. 

With these three major watersheds under the restrictions, the DNR and others are taking the steps of notifying water appropriators with DNR permits that they should minimize non-essential water uses and follow water conservation measures, notifying public water suppliers within these watersheds time to implement water use reduction actions with a goal of reducing water use to 25% above January levels, and increase public awareness of drought conditions.

As of the most recent Drought Report on August 19th, 49 percent of the station is experiencing Extreme Drought and up to 8 percent are in Exceptional Drought.