ND Water Magazine - May 2018
A drought is a period of below-average precipitation in a given region that results in extended shortages in the water supply, whether atmospheric, surface water, or ground water. A drought can last for months or years and results in economic, environmental, and societal impacts. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, drought is the second leading phenomenon of weather related economic impacts. Beyond direct economic impacts, drought can threaten drinking water supplies and ecosystems and can even contribute to increased food prices.
In 2017, serious drought conditions were prevalent across much of North Dakota. As of March 27, 2018, the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that 90% of North Dakota is abnormally dry, with nearly 50% of the state sitting in a moderate drought. Studies show a severe drought, similar to that of the 1930s drought, will likely repeat by the year 2050. It’s not a matter of if, but a matter of when we will face the challenges a drought presents to the region and our state. The Red River Valley Water Supply Project (RRVWSP) is a plan to protect central and eastern North Dakota from drought’s devastating effects.
ND Water - May 2018