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Water Summary Update
Posted: 09/20/2012
DES MOINES—The combination of cooler weather slowing evaporation rates and near normal rainfall in the past two weeks allowed soil moisture levels to slightly improve. However, streamflow conditions are below normal for the majority of the state, and water levels in large natural lakes continue to drop. Shallow groundwater levels continue to be at or near historic lows.

For a more thorough review of Iowa’s water resource trends Sept. 6 through Sept. 19, go to

Beginning October 4, Water Summary Update will be published on the first Thursday of each month, unless conditions change significantly. Biweekly publication will resume in spring 2013.

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.