Undercurrents: beneath the obvious

January 14, 2007

U.S. Drought Monitor update for January 2007

As residents of the Great Lakes Basin we forget that the rest of the country isn’t as fortunate to have the water resources as we do. No single definition of drought works for all circumstances, so people rely on drought indices to detect and measure droughts.

The Drought Monitor is a synthesis of multiple indices, outlooks and news accounts, that represents a consensus of federal and academic scientists.


Here’s the 12-week drought Map of the United States. To those who think that drought is only a problem faced on the other side of the world, take a hard look at all the red areas — exceptional drought conditions.

As the population continues to move south and west so will the political power base shift in Washington. The basin will come under increased pressure to relieve the water woes of these areas. The time to enact regional water use agreements is now while the basin’s political representation remains at its current levels. Any delay will only weaken the already weak political situation.

To many, water is looked on as a hardship. We are not impervious to its affects.

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