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Drought conditions remain the same: Should Finger Lakes residents be concerned?

The U.S. Drought Monitor says conditions have remained about the same for most of the Finger Lakes and Central New York.

In its weekly update released August 4, the Drought Monitor noted that several counties – or at least parts of them – were considered to be in a ‘Moderate Drought’.

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Most of the region remains ‘Abnormally Dry’, which is the status given to locations that are close to drought, but not there yet.

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A little more than a week ago, Governor Kathy Hochul’s office announced a Drought Watch, which included 21 counties. The DEC encouraged residents of those counties to conserve water whenever possible in the coming weeks.

Cayuga, Livingston, Seneca, Schuyler, Steuben, Tompkins and Yates counties all remain in Drought Watch status.

Drought Warning’s would come next, if necessary, along with a Drought Emergency, followed by a Drought Disaster.

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