Oklahoma Water Resources Center

Drought

Water is our most vital resource. Lack of adequate water may lead to loss of revenue, crops, and life. From this page you can find fact sheets and articles of interest to:

Livestock (cattle) Producers

Crop Producers

Residential Homeowners

current Palmer map

Oklahoma Resources

Oklahoma has ambitious water management strategy (by Ron Smith, 12/1/2014 issue of Southwest Farm Press)

Understanding the historical probability of drought (1/30/2013 PSS news release by Madeline Fisher)

OSU researcher making most of available water for bioenergy production (February 2013 article by Sean Hubbard, Agricultural Communications Services)

Drought affects rural, urban areas of state (1/26/13 article by Ginnie Graham in Tulsa World)

Drought losses in OK top $400 million for 2012 (by Leilana McKindra, Agricultural Communications Services)

Protecting Yourself From Wildfire! (article by C.K. Rice in the Summer 2011 edition of Timely Topics)

Drought and Wildfire (OK Climatological Survey)

Oklahoma DroughtWatch (USGS Oklahoma Water Science Center)

The Disaster Center's page for Oklahoma

Managing during Drought: A Resource Guide for Agricultural Producers (The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation)

The NREM departmental newsletter dedicated the 2011 summer edition  to drought.  There's information on ponds, landscaping, ranching, and wildlife.

Drought “Cycles” (by Mitch Fram)

 

 

Regional Resources

Iowa State University's Extension & Outreach "Dealing with Disasters" page

University of Nebraska

 

National Resources

CRS Emergency Water Assistance During Drought  (2/26/2014 publication of the Congressional Research Service; crs.gov)

Drought in the United States: Causes and Issues for Congress (4/22/2013 publication of the Congressional Research Service; crs.gov)

Well Owners' Network News (August 2012 issue with articles of how water wells may be affected during and after drought and wildfires.

Disaster and Drought Assistance (United States Department of Agriculture)

WaterWatch (U.S. Geological Survey)

U.S. Drought Portal (National Integrated Drought Information System)

Drought’s Footprint (July 19, 2012 in The New York Times; areas under drought in June of each year 1896-2012 are shown)

National Drought Mitigation Center (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) 

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