Virginia Drought Monitoring Task Force
In response to existing conditions and to increase public awareness of the potential for a significant drought event, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued a DroughtWatch Advisory for the Middle James, Roanoke River, and Shenandoah Drought Evaluation Regions. The Drought Watch Advisory previously issued for the Northern Piedmont Drought Evaluation Region remains in effect. A Drought Watch Advisory is intended to increase awareness of conditions that are likely to precede a significant drought event and to facilitate preparation for a drought. DEQ notified all local governments, public water works, and certain private-sector water users in the affected areas and requested that they prepare for the onset of a drought event by developing or reviewing existing water conservation and drought response plans. Virginia encourages localities, public and private water suppliers, and self-supplied water users in the affected localities to voluntarily take steps to help protect current water supplies.
Erin Williams, Senior Policy Analyst
Office of Policy, Planning & Research
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