News from around the Basin – January 11, 2024

New sewer tunnels are working but others aren’t meeting their deadline, US Navy agrees to env. permit, calls for using less winter salt, and more, in this week’s Potomac News Reservoir – Jan. 11, 2024 >>>

River Report

Graph of adjustd flow at Little Falls showing a spike in flow.

After one of our driest summers on record, we have now received greater than 75% above average rainfall for the year. You’ll see in the graph that the adjusted flow at Little Falls (black line) has shot out of the 90th percentile range. However, we are only 11 days into that year.

Our drought conditions have improved, but are still sticking around. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 42% of the basin is in Abnormally Drought and 18% is in Moderate Drought conditions.

More rain is in the forecast for the next 3 days, which could result in more flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

Please be safe during flooding conditions. Don’t put your life, your passenger’s life, or first responders in danger. If you see a flooded street, turn around, don’t drown. WUSA9 provides additional tips to help protect your property from flooding.

Agriculture in the Watershed

Join us at noon on January 19 to learn about water quality impacts from agricultural land use in the Potomac basin and what funding opportunities are available to mitigate them.

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