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Illinois Drought

Information from the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) and other sources on drought and drought-related topics focused on Illinois. Links are grouped by category, with newer material appearing in The red boxes in each section contain the newer material for that section..

Current Illinois Drought Information

The Drought of 2012 - A Report of the Governor's Drought Response Task Force The Drought of 2012 - A Report of the Governor's Drought Response Task Force (March, 2013, Governor's Drought Response Task Force)

This report documents the Drought of 2012 in Illinois and its impacts on agriculture and water supplies, as well as other environmental and economic concerns, and to identify those areas where further planning and preparation for future drought should occur. (read more)

Also See:
State of Illinois Drought Response Task Force website

State of Illinois Drought Preparedness and Response Plan document Illinois Drought Update (Janurary 25, 2013, Illinois State Water Survey)

Illinois Drought Update (December 17, 2012, Illinois State Water Survey)

Illinois Drought Update (October 25, 2012, Illinois State Water Survey)

Illinois Drought Update (September 7, 2012, Illinois State Water Survey)

Illinois Drought Update (August 20, 2012, Illinois State Water Survey)

Illinois Drought Update (July 23, 2012, Illinois State Water Survey)

Illinois Drought Update (July 3, 2012, Illinois State Water Survey)

Illinois Drought Update (June 21, 2012, Illinois State Water Survey)

Illinois Drought Advisory (May 25, 2012, Illinois State Water Survey)

Illinois Drought Update (April 10, 2012, Illinois State Water Survey)


State of Illinois Drought Preparedness and Response Plan

State of Illinois Drought Preparedness and Response Plan documentState of Illinois Drought Preparedness and Response Plan - Adopted by the State Water Plan Task Force, October 12, 2011

The goal of Illinois' Drought Preparedness and Response Plan is to assist community and state officials and the public with information and tools that promote better decision-making in water supply planning and reduce drought-related impacts, water competition, and conflicts of use.


Drought Vulnerability of Illinois Surface Water Supplies

System Information & Drought Vulnerability of Illinois' Community Surface Water Systems - An assessment of the potential impact of severe drought conditions on Illinois community water supplies, primarily based on the estimation of the water yield provided by each community’s surface water supply sources.

Links with a community name (i.e. Altamont) will provide system information. The associated "vulnerability" link will provide that system's drought vulnerability classification.

A Notes and Terminology area contains information on Drought Vulnerability Classification, Source Types, and more.


Archived Information on Illinois Drought

Archived information from the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) and other sources on the droughts and drought-related topics focused on Illinois from 2011, 2007 and 2005.

Past Illinois Drought Archives: 2011 | 2007 | 2005 | Older


General Drought Information
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ISWS Monitoring Information

Current Climate Conditions in Illinois (Illinois State Climatologist) - Climate maps and graphs for Illinois, for precipitation, snowfall, mean temperature, low temperature, and more. These products are updated by 10:30 AM central time.

Daily Weather Data (Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program) - Daily Weather Data from the Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program.

Illinois Water and Climate Summary (Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring Program) - The Illinois Water and Climate Summary is a monthly summary publication issued by the WARM Program on some of the data collected by the networks within the WARM domain. Full descriptions of each set of data presented are available for weather and climate information, soil moisture information, surface water information, and ground-water information. There is also an archive of old summaries.

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Drought-related Information for Illinois

USGS Streamflow Conditions Map (United States Geological Survey) - The USGS Drought Watch For Illinois page, including the Illinois Streamflow Conditions Map.

USGS Streamflow Index Stations for Illinois (United States Geological Survey) - Daily mean discharge graphs for 3 U.S. Geological Survey streamflow-gaging stations in Illinois. Graphs represent 1 year of data from today's date and are updated daily (weekdays only).

US Drought Monitor (National Drought Mitigation Center) - The U.S. Drought Monitor focuses on broad-scale conditions. Local conditions may vary. The data cutoff for Drought Monitor maps is Tuesday at 8 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The maps, which are based on analysis of the data, are released each Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

USGS Below Normal Streamflow Map (United States Geological Survey) - Current water resources conditions, including a map of below normal 7-day average streamflow compared to historical streamflow for the day of the year for Illinois.

NOAA's 5-day precipitation forecast (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) - Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts from the National Weather Service's Hydrometeorological Prediction Center.

Precipitation Total Maps (Intellicast) - Intellicast provides precipitation total maps on their web site in both weekly and daily formats.

Illinois Water Supply (Illinois State Water Survey) - What is water? This may seem a simple question, but have you thought about how many different uses exist for water? Each day in Illinois, water is used for drinking, bathing, and washing our dishes - but it is also used for navigation, in industry, and as a source of power. Illinois is a water-rich state, but water availability varies widely across the State. The Illinois State Water Survey has answered some basic questions about water supply and availability in Illinois.

Illinois Weather & Crop Information (Illinois Agricultural Statistics Service) - Information on Illinois' weather and crops including the Illinois Weather & Crop Report, Corn, Soybean, & Wheat Progress Charts (charts updated every Monday at 3:00 pm CST) and more.

Integrated Water Quantity Planning & Management (Illinois Department of Natural Resources [DNR] & Illinois Environmental Protection Agency [IEPA]) - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency are formulating a strategy to better identify, plan for, and address Illinois' numerous and diverse water quantity issues. This web site accommodates public access to documents that provide a framework for the development of a strategy to address important water quantity issues in Illinois.

US National Drought Watch (United States Geological Survey) - USGS state information on drought including a map of below normal 7-day average streamflow compared to historical streamflow for the day of the year.

Water Supply and Demand in Illinois (Illinois State Water Survey) - A presentation about water supply and demand issues in Illinois. Topics include: Low cost public good, Renewable resources, Reasonable use, Competition and conflicts, Diffuse management, and Social, economic, political, institutional, administrative, legal, and scientific issues.

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ISWS Drought-related Publications

Reports on Past Illinois Droughts - Reports on past droughts in Illinois including:

The 2005 Illinois Drought - Dry conditions in 2005 reached a historic level of severity in some parts of Illinois and ranked as one of the three most severe droughts in Illinois in 112 years of record. ...

Illinois Drought of 1999-2000 - The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR)/Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) issues a monthly summary report on the state’s water and climate data, called the "Illinois Water and Climate Summary. ...

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The Water Cycle and Water Budgets in Illinois: A Framework for Drought and Water-Supply Planning - Provision of adequate and reliable supplies of clean water at reasonable cost is a basic necessity for public health, the economy, recreation, and navigation. It is the goal of watersupply planning and management. As water withdrawals increase, so too does the need to protect watersheds, aquifers, and aquatic ecosystems for present and future generations. With sound planning and management, there is no reason why the residents of Illinois, a water-rich state, ever should face a water crisis. Without sound planning and management, however, current local problems and regional concerns could mushroom into conflicts and crises, and courts increasingly could be called upon to determine the reasonableness of withdrawals.
The Water Cycle and Water Budgets in Illinois: A Framework for Drought and Water-Supply Planning, Derek Winstanley, James A. Angel, Stanley A. Changnon, H. Vernon Knapp, Kenneth E. Kunkel, Michael A. Palecki, Robert W. Scott, and H. Allen Wehrmann, 2006 Illinois State Water Survey, Champaign, IL 116 p.: ill., ISWS I/EM-2006-02

Detecting Drought Conditions in Illinois - A major study of Illinois droughts was conducted to develop a basis for quantitative assessments of drought conditions in Illinois. Such information should aid decision making related to local and state actions to ameliorate the effects of future droughts. Those who must deal directly with aspects of drought need to know 1) whether a drought is developing, 2) how severe the drought is at any given time, and 3) how long the drought will last. This report provides information to help address those questions.
Detecting Drought Conditions in Illinois Changnon, Stanley A., Jr., 1987 Illinois State Water Survey, Champaign, IL 36 p.: ill., maps ISWS C-169

Impacts of Irrigation and Drought on Illinois Ground-water Resources - This investigation is the first of three phases of a ground-water management study. In this report, effects of irrigation and drought on the ground-water resources of Illinois are examined.
Impacts of Irrigation and Drought on Illinois Ground-water Resources Bowman, Jean A., and Mark A. Collins, 1987 Illinois State Water Survey, Champaign, IL 31 p.: ill., maps, tables ISWS RI-109

Dry Periods in Illinois: A Climatological and Meteorological Analysis - In Print, copies available.
Dry Periods in Illinois: A Climatological and Meteorological Analysis Changnon, Stanley A., Jr., Floyd A. Huff, Kenneth E. Kunkel, Robert W. Scott, and Nancy E. Westcott, 1996 Illinois State Water Survey, Champaign, IL 144 p.: ill., tables ISWS CR-599

Assessment of Weather Modification in Alleviating Agricultural Water Shortages during Droughts - Out of Print, copies available through Interlibrary Loan.
Assessment of Weather Modification in Alleviating Agricultural Water Shortages during Droughts Huff, Floyd A., and John L. Vogel, 1977 Illinois State Water Survey, Champaign, IL 133 p.: ill., tables ISWS CR-195

ISWS Publications Database - Search over 1,000 ISWS Publications on our web site.

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Contacts

Jim Angel, State Climatologist - (217) 333-0729 jimangel@illinois.edu.

Steve Hilberg, Midwest Regional Climate Center - (217) 333-8495 hberg@illinois.edu.

Vern Knapp, Center for Watershed Science, Surface Water - (217) 333-4423 vknapp@illinois.edu.

Walt Kelly, Center Groundwater Science, Head - (217) 333-3729 wkelly@illinois.edu.

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Contacts for Technical Information

Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Office of Water Resources (IDNR)

Arlan Juhl, Director - (217) 785-3334 Arlan.Juhl@illinois.gov

Frank Pisani - (217) 557-8243 Frank.Pisani@illinois.gov

Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Division of Fisheries (IDNR)

Debbie Bruce - (217) 524-4111 Debbie.Bruce@illinois.gov

Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA)

Tom Jennings, Director - (217) 785-4195 Tom.Jennings@illinois.gov

Steve Chard - (217) 785-2661 Steve.Chard@illinois.gov

Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC)

Bob Bensko, Homeland Sec. - (217) 524-5049 bbensko@icc.illinois.gov

William Marr, Water Dept. - (217) 524-5017 wmarr@icc.illinois.gov

Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA)

Trent Thompson - (217) 557-4794 Trenton.Thompson@illinois.gov

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Public Water Supplies (IEPA)

Rick.Cobb, Deputy Manager - (217) 785-4787 Rick.Cobb@illinois.gov

Dave McMillan, Manager - (217) 785-4787 Dave.McMillan@illinois.gov

Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health (IDPH)

Jerry Dalsin - (217) 524-4136 Jerry.Dalsin@illinois.gov

United States Geological Survey, Illinois Water Science Center (USGS)

Douglas Yeskis, Director - (217) 328-9706 djyeskis@usgs.gov

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