Drought Resource Library
U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Enough unchecked drips in enough houses can add up to a flood of wasted water. Use USGS' handy drip calculator to see how many gallons of water can go down the drain if your drippy faucets keep dripping.
This fact sheet defines and explains the drier-than-normal conditions that result in water-related problems.
DroughtWatch - Tennessee
This map (from USGS's National Drought Watch Web site) shows the 7-day average streamflow conditions in hydrologic units. Thus, the map shows conditions adjusted for this time of the year. The colors represent 7-day average streamflow percentiles for the day of the year. USGS sites having at least 30 years of record are used. The data used to produce this map are provisional and have not been reviewed or edited. They may be subject to significant change.
National Water Information System (NWIS)
The NWIS is the Nation's principal repository of water resources data. It includes data from more than 1.5 million sites, some in operation for more than 100 years. Data is available on streamflow, droughts, groundwater, and surface water quality and is searchable by state.
State Resources - KENTUCKY
KY DIVISION OF WATER
Drought Mitigation and Response Plan
This 2008 plan provides statewide guidance to assess and minimize the impacts of a drought in Kentucky.
Water Resource Information System (WRIS)
The WRIS is comprised of strategic plans, water resource maps and publications, systems management information, reporting and regulatory requirements, guidance and training documents, procedural guidance and forms for project implementation and funding, and internet links to support services. Interactive maps in the system support planning and regionalization efforts. The interactive maps also facilitate drought monitoring and response, and rapid response to contamination emergencies. The GIS contains data for water and wastewater treatment facilities, water lines, water sources, storage facilities, sewer lines, and a database of non-spatial systems information. The GIS provides the fundamental data needed for the planning and emergency response activities. Using the GIS infrastructure data in computer models allows for cost-effective analysis of engineering alternatives, and facilitates the efficiencies needed to meet the needs of Kentucky's infrastructure development.
STATE RESOURCES - TENNESSEE
TN DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES
Drought Management Plan
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Drought Management Plan is a plan on water management during extended periods of below average rainfall and streamflow as a result of drought. One of the department's goals is to maximize the ability of TN water resources to support all of its uses.
Guidance for Developing Community Water System Drought Management Plans
This guidance is an effort to assist community water systems in developing drought management plans within the context of the state’s overall drought management plan.
Water Resources Regional Planning
In late 2008, TDEC partnered with other regional planning experts to initiate a water resources planning pilot in two areas significantly impacted by the drought of 2007. One area, the North Central Tennessee region - including Sumner County, including Portland, Gallatin, Castalian Springs/Bethpage, White House and Westmoreland - is partially within the Cumberland River Basin. This Web page includes planning study reports and overall guidelines for those interested in pursuing regional water resources planning in Tennessee.
Water Withdrawal Registration Program
The Division of Water Resources collects information on the withdrawal and use of water within Tennessee. The information is used to identify water uses and resources that may require management at critical times, especially drought conditions. The purpose of the program is to protect the water resources of Tennessee from over-utilization. This webpage includes Groundwater 305b Water Quality Reports and the withdrawal videos 'Hollow Ground: The Land of Caves, Sinkholes and Springs' and 'Drops of Water in Oceans of Sand.'
Drought Management Plan
The purpose of this document is to identify trigger points and actions that Metro Water Services may take to protect the community during periods of drought. This document also provides a brief summary of the Department’s water supply system and applicable organizational structure.
NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION RESOURCES
SOUTHERN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTER
Drought in the South: Planning for a Water-Wise Future (2009)
A look at drought related issues facing the South and how to plan and prepare for them.