U.S. Waters: Is the Long Drought Finally Over?

November 12, 2009 By: Marshall Cutchin

In USA Today, Oren Dorell writes about the sudden end to ten years of continental drought that has plagued U.S. agriculture and fisheries. “The nationwide multiyear drought, which was at its worst in 2002 and continued until last year, is over. Across the West, formerly parched pastures, dry streams and low reservoirs have been replaced with soggy fields and flooded grasslands. The USA is now in the least amount of drought since monitoring began 10 years ago, said climatologist Brian Fuchs of the National Drought Mitigation Center.”