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Drought A State Wide Issue

April 17th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

Although the Eastern Shore of Maryland is the only region designated as in a severe drought- it essentially is a statewide issue at this point. In fact, the only part of the state that is not now on the drought map as dry is the extreme western portion of Garrett County. In just three months Maryland has gone from normal rainfall to almost entirely abnormally dry or in drought. The national drought monitor lists only 2 percent of Maryland as having had normal rainfall and that's basically the western sliver of Garrett County in far western Maryland. More than half of the state is now classified as in a moderate drought. Jay Apperson of the Maryland Department of the Environment said that while no restrictions have been ordered anywhere in Maryland- it would be wise for people to take a conservative approach in their water usage for the next few weeks…

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