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Regional Drought Indicators

The tables below show drought indicators and overall drought status each of the six drought regions in New Jersey. A water drop (S) denotes the indicator has been green for more than a year. To view a specific region, follow the links below. This page can also be downloaded in PDF.

Select a drought region:      Central
   Coastal North
   Coastal South
   Northeast
   Northwest
   Southwest
   
 
How to determine your drought region
 
Find the drought status of neighboring areas/state
 
Resource Importance as a NJ Water Source by Region
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1-page description of drought indicators (PDF)
Comment on the Drinking Water Supply Indicators:

Despite sporadic rainfall, relatively dry weather over the past 60 days continues to adversely impact water supply indicators tracked by the DEP. Accordingly, a Drought Watch remains in place in the Northeast, Central, and Coastal North Water Supply Regions. The dry weather pattern that has persisted since Spring 2015 is most pronounced across the State's northern tier. Drinking water supply reservoirs have begun to refill slowly; however, storage in most of the critical systems remains below average for this time of year. Stream flows and shallow ground water also range from moderately to exceptionally dry.  Substantial rainfall will be needed over the coming months to restore water supply reserves in preparation for the high-demand season that begins in May.  As always, NJDEP remains vigilant over conditions of the State’s drinking water supply.

Northwest Drought Region
Updated: January 3, 2015

Drought Status Indicators  
 
0
 
 
 
0
 
S
 
 
 
0
 
 
""
Declared Drought Status
 
S
 
 
 
Res=reservoir DRBC=Delaware River Basin Commision
ground water refers to unconfined ground water
# = The number in each colored dot is the number of weeks the specific indicator in that region has been in that status.
 
     
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Central Drought Region
Updated: January 3, 2015

Drought Status Indicators  
0
 
 
 
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15
 
9
 
 
S
 
 
 
 
 
0
 
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Declared Drought Status
 
13
 
 
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Res=reservoir DRBC=Delaware River Basin Commision
ground water refers to unconfined ground water
# = The number in each colored dot is the number of weeks the specific indicator in that region has been in that status.
 
     
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Northeast Drought Region
Updated: January 3, 2015

Drought Status Indicators  
0
 
 
 
 
3
14
 
 
 
0
 
 
Declared Drought Status
 
14
 
 
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Res=reservoir
ground water refers to unconfined ground water
# = The number in each colored dot is the number of weeks the specific indicator in that region has been in that status.
 
     
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Southwest Drought Region
Updated: January 3, 2015

Drought Status Indicators  
1
 
 
12
 
 
S
 
 
 
 
7
Declared Drought Status
 
S
 
 
 
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Res=reservoir
ground water refers to unconfined ground water
# = The number in each colored dot is the number of weeks the specific indicator in that region has been in that status.
 
     
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Coastal North Drought Region
Updated: January 3, 2015

Drought Status Indicators  
1
 
 
 
 
16
 
14
 
 
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12
 
Declared Drought Status
 
14
 
 
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Res=reservoir
ground water refers to unconfined ground water
# = The number in each colored dot is the number of weeks the specific indicator in that region has been in that status.
 
     
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Coastal South Drought Region
Updated: January 3, 2015

Drought Status Indicators  
1
 
 
7
 
0
 
 
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Declared Drought Status
 
S
 
 
 
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Res=reservoir
ground water refers to unconfined ground water
# = The number in each colored dot is the number of weeks the specific indicator in that region has been in that status.
 
     
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