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News Items from August 2020

2020 Drought Update: A Look at Drought Across the United States in 15 Maps

A sampling of maps showing the current state of drought in the United States

This series of maps shows the current state of drought in the United States. Included are the factors that have led to the drought, primarily below average precipitation coupled with high to record-breaking temperatures; impacts such as the wildfires burning across the West; experimental drought indicators like the Evaporative Demand...Read the article

New Report on Drought and Outdoor Recreation

People white water rafting on the Clear Creek River in Colorado. Photo credit:  Phillip Rubino

Outdoor recreation is a major contributor to the Intermountain West’s economy, but the future viability of many businesses—particularly small businesses—in the industry is threatened by their drought vulnerabilities and the region’s projected increases in drought severity and frequency. In 2019, NIDIS partnered with the University of Colorado’s Masters of the Environment Graduate Program...Read the article