Effect of drought on ground water in Maine

September 10, 1999

Drought conditions have stretched from the mid-Atlantic states through New England and into Maine. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) monitors these conditions by collecting streamflow and ground-water data. The following paragraphs summarize the current levels of streamflow and ground water in the Maine.

Streamflows on free-flowing streams

All flows on free-flowing streams in Maine on September 2nd were below their long-term median for this date. The long-term median flow is defined as the middle value of a set of flows that are ordered from lowest to highest. For the following rivers, the long term median was based on 48 to 95 years of flow data, depending on how long the river has been monitored.

Current provisional streamflows in Maine are available on the web at http://me.water.usgs.gov

Current provisional streamflows across the Nation are available on the web at http://water.usgs.gov/dwc/national_map.html

Ground water

Ground-water levels across Maine were measured by the USGS from August 23rd to August 29th.
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As the nation's largest water, earth and biological science and civilian mapping agency the USGS works in cooperation with more than 2000 organizations across the country to provide reliable, impartial, scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers. This information is gathered in every state by USGS scientists to minimize the loss of life and property from natural disasters, contribute to sound economic and physical development of the nation's natural resources, and enhance the quality of life by monitoring water, biological, energy, and mineral resources.

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