News from Around the Basin – September 7, 2023

Some voluntary and mandatory water restrictions in the western part of the watershed, plus some other consequences of dry weather, in this week’s Potomac News Reservoir 💧 Sept 7, 2023.

The River Report

The river flow is low, but there might be some small relief in the future. The long-term forecasts call for 1 to 2 inches of rain. The trajectory of Tropical Storm Lee is still up the air, but it could bring some rain as it heads our way.

We’re starting to see some consequences from the dry weather, like a possible lackluster leaf peeping season, docked Canal boats, and fishing prohibited at the Shenandoah National Park.

Some communities across the watershed are asking people to conserve. Front Royal (VA) has enacted emergency water conservation rules which bans activities like filling pools, washing cars, and watering outdoor plants. Gettysburg (PA) and the City of Frederick (MD) have requested voluntary reductions in water use. Purcellville (VA) noted dry wells and creeks when it asked customers to conserve. The Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River compiled a list of drought advisories in the Shenandoah region in their recent newsletter.

It is always a good idea to use water wisely, but if you are curious about the situation at your own tap, we suggest checking with your water utility.

ICPRB is continuing Drought Operations with twice daily reports to water suppliers on the river’s flow, water use, and weather forecasts. This intense monitoring will continue until flows increase. At this point, our technical staff have not recommended releases from upstream reservoirs. Follow the conversation on Twitter and Facebook using #DroughtOperations.