The 1985 drought experienced in the Southeastern United States raised concern that New Hampshire may face a drought. As is usually the case, the fear of imminent drought precipitates action. With the approval of the Governors Office, the then Water Resources Board began researching the many aspects of a successful state response to drought conditions. The DES Water Division has continued the planning process through snowy winters and spring floods because the future droughts are inevitable. The purpose of the Drought Management Plan is to ensure that New Hampshire will respond in an organized, responsive and appropriate manner in the event of a drought related water shortage.
As a member of the State’s Drought Management Team, the Dam Bureau is responsible for coordinating the efforts of the Team in accordance with the State’s Drought Management Plan. A monthly packet of information, located under technical assistance, is compiled regarding the current rainfall deficiency, well level, stream levels, and Palmer Drought Index.
For more information about drought conditions in New Hampshire contact our office at (603) 271-3406 or [email protected].