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Water Summary Update
Posted: 07/12/2012
DES MOINES — The hot dry weather of the past two weeks has taken a toll on Iowa’s water conditions. There was no widespread rain, and the state average of 0.31 inches of rain is far less than the normal accumulation of 2.18 inches for this time period. Twelve percent of the state ― in eastern Iowa ― is under severe drought conditions.

Shallow groundwater along the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers in central Iowa downgraded from slight to moderate drought conditions. Streamflow conditions for a majority of the state were below 25 percent of normal.

For a more thorough review of Iowa’s water resource trends June 28 through July 11, go to

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.