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Virginia DEQ lifts drought watch advisories in Augusta County, Rockingham County

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The Virginia DEQ has lifted the drought watch advisory that had been in effect for several months in Augusta County and Rockingham County.

This is from the latest update from DEQ and the Virginia Drought Monitoring Task Force, which said on Tuesday that they have lifted the drought watch advisory for 13 counties within the Commonwealth.

Nine Virginia counties continue to remain under a drought watch advisory: Lee, Wise, Buchanan, Dickenson, Scott, Russell, Tazewell, Washington, and Smyth.

A drought watch advisory had been in place since last fall in the Shenandoah and Upper James regions, including the counties of Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Page, Warren, and Clarke (Shenandoah), and Craig, Alleghany, Bath, Highland, Botetourt, and Rockbridge (Upper James).

According to DEQ, streamflows have improved and are currently above the 25th percentile throughout Virginia, and groundwater levels continue to improve but remain below the 5th percentile within the York-James region.

Drought conditions are expected to further improve with precipitation forecasted over the coming days.

See the current drought status on the DEQ website.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].