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March 2013 Update: The Drought of 2012: A Report of the Governor's Drought Response Task Force (PDF)

The first half of 2012 was the sixth driest on record. Precipitation throughout the state averaged just 12.6 inches for the January through June period, or nearly seven inches below normal. 

Latest Conditions: US Drought Monitor (Illinois)

Task Force Meetings

The Illinois Drought Response Task Force will meet on Tuesday, January 8 , 2013 at 10 am. The meeting will be held at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702 (Lake Level Conference Rooms).

October 17, 2012

The Economics of the 2012 Drought (PDF, 294 KB)

Illinois Department of Agriculture (PDF, 365 KB)

Illinois Department of Natural Resources (PDF, 526 KB)

Illinois Commerce Commission (PDF, 264 KB)

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (PDF, 238 KB)

US Geological Survey's Water Monitoring Report (PDF, 2 MB)

Illinois Water Climate Survey (PDF, 2.74 MB)

National Weather Service (PDF, 2 MB)

Illinois Power Industry (PDF, 2.97 MB)

September 13, 2012

Illinois Department of Agriculture (PDF, 944 KB)

Illinois Department of Natural Resources (PDF, 347 KB)

Illinois Commerce Commission (PDF, 264 KB)

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (PDF, 190 KB)

US Geological Survey's Water Monitoring Report (PDF, 1.85 MB)

Illinois Water Climate Survey (PDF, 2.66 MB)

USDA Current Drought Resources and Information (PDF, 275 KB)

August 24, 2012

Illinois Department of Agriculture (PDF, 62 KB)

Illinois Department of Natural Resources (PDF, 427 KB)

Illinois Commerce Commission (PDF, 264 KB)

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (PDF, 285 KB)

US Geological Survey's Water Monitoring Report (PDF, 2 MB)

National Weather Service (PDF, 2.2 MB)

Illinois State Water Survey (PDF, 397 MB)

Exelon (PDF, 94 MB)

August 9, 2012

Meeting Agenda (PDF, 61 KB)

7 Day Average Streamflow (PDF, 1.5 MB)

Illinois Department of Agriculture (PDF, 64 KB)

Illinois Department of Natural Resources (PDF, 3.9 MB)

Illinois Commerce Commission (PDF, 263 KB)

Illinois Department of Public Health (PDF, 19 KB)

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (PDF, 3.4 MB)

US Geological Survey's Water Monitoring Report (PDF, 2.8 MB)

Illinois Rural Water Association - Small Systems Report (PDF, 66 KB)

Illinois Rural Community Assistance Program Activities (PDF, 675 KB)

Illinois Water and Climate Summary (PDF, 2.5 MB)

USDA Current Drought Resources and Information (PDF, 142 KB)

July 24, 2012

Meeting Agenda (PDF, 235 KB)

Illinois Department of Agriculture (PDF, 66 KB)

Illinois Commerce Commission (PDF, 82 KB)

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (PDF, 2.2 MB)

Illinois Department of Natural Resources (PDF, 239 KB)

Illinois American Water (PDF, 5 KB)

Northwest Water Planning Alliance (PDF, 54 KB)

Regional Lawn Watering Ordinance Recommendations (PDF, 114 KB)

US Geological Survey's Water Monitoring Report (PDF, 1.7 MB)

July 11, 2012

Illinois Department of Agriculture (PDF, 68 KB)

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (PDF, 2.2 MB)

Illinois Department of Natural Resources (PDF, 917 KB)

Illinois Commerce Commission (PDF, 75 KB)

Additional Resources

State of Illinois Drought Preparedness and Response Plan (PDF, 1.6 MB)

Drought Vulnerability of Illinois Surface Water Supplies

Drought Resources from the University of Illinois Extension

Illinois State Water Survey

Emergency Conservation Program Fact Sheet

USDA Disaster and Drought Assistance

USGS Illinois Water Science Center