Water conditions in Iowa remain unchanged except for streamflow conditions, which improved some, but conditions for the Des Moines and Skink River basins are less than 24 percent of normal streamflow. Precipitation was slightly above normal for January.
Several observation wells located in shallow sand and gravel deposits in river valleys in northwest Iowa show water levels at two-year lows ― lower than last summer.
The Iowa DNR water supply programs are working with communities to review and update water conservation plans to prepare for summer conditions.
For a more thorough review of Iowa’s water resource trends January 3 through February 6, go to http://www.iowadnr.gov/watersummaryupdate.
The report is prepared by the technical staff from the Iowa DNR, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and the USGS, in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division.
For more information contact Tim Hall at 515-281-8169, Tim.Hall@dnr.iowa.gov.