This warm spring and mild winter has had its downside. Once again the state is facing a drought with current precipitation deficits of up to 5.8 inches in some areas, such as Morris County. The drought warnings come on the heels of the most severe flooding and rainy year in the state’s history.
Although the state Department of Environmental Protection says that major water supplies, including reservoirs and deep aquifers, remain in good shape, streams and rivers are rated as severely to extremely dry.
DEP Commissioner Bob Martin is urging New Jerseyans to conserve water where they can, such as watering the lawn only twice a week for 20-30 minutes.