New Jersey Under A Drought Watch

Officials declared a Drought Watch for the entire state as the continued hot and dry conditions taxi reservoirs, streams, and ground water levels. Today’s action by the Department of Environmental Protection comes after many weeks without significant rains. The drought watch declaration means that all New Jerseyans are asked to voluntarily conserve water such as cutting down on watering lawns and other steps.  The dry conditions have raised concerns about potential forest fires and parts of state are under a state of emergency. According to Bob Martin, NJ DEP Commissioner, if the drought continues for the next several weeks, the Department will very likely issue a drought warning, then followed by a drought emergency if conditions worsen.

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