May 16 Water Summary Update Released
DES MOINES— More than 60 percent of the state is now considered drought free, and drought conditions have improved for the remainder of the state.
The past two weeks were cooler and wetter than normal, and included an incredible variety of weather – from record low and high temperatures, to record snowfall for the month of May.
Stream flows remain at normal levels for most of the state, with minor flooding in some areas of eastern Iowa.
There are some small areas of northwest Iowa where concerns persist about the adequacy of long-term drinking water supplies. Those areas are being carefully monitored as summer weather arrives with an increased demand for water.
For a more thorough review of Iowa’s water resource trends May 2 through May 16 go to 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 US Geological Survey, in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division.