State Impacts

This tool sorts and displays impacts by state from the Drought Impact Reporter through 2021. Users can filter impacts by U.S. Drought Monitor status, season, weeks in drought, industry and date range. The Drought Impact Reporter records impacts that have been documented in news media. This may provide insight on what to expect when a state is experiencing a certain level of drought.

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Start Date Seasons Weeks in Drought Historically observed impacts
2021-10-27fall0Dry conditions affecting pastures, wheat emergence in Northeast, East central Colorado
2021-10-13fall0Winter wheat emerged unevenly in northeast, east central Colorado
2021-09-05fall0Grain sorghum did not head out in Kiowa County, Colorado
2021-08-29summer0Short feed supplies, increased fire activity in Northwest Colorado
2021-08-29summer0Unirrigated crops declining quickly in Northeast Colorado
2021-08-29summer0Irrigation supplies short in Southeast Colorado
2021-07-20summer0Cattle being culled heavily in Northwest Colorado
2021-07-20summer0Rangeland dry in Colorado's San Luis Valley
2021-06-15summer0Potato emergence spotty, feed supplies short in Colorado's San Luis Valley
2021-06-14summer0Western Colorado livestock producers shipping cattle out
2021-05-30spring0Concern for crops, extremely low reservoirs in east central Colorado
2021-05-16spring0Some winter wheat lost in northeast, east central Colorado
2021-05-09spring0Winter wheat stands in Northeast Colorado
2020-07-21summer0Stage 1 fire restrictions in Larimer County, Colorado
2020-07-17summer0Stage 2 fire restrictions in Grand County, Colorado
2020-07-15summer0Stage 2 fire restrictions in several Colorado ranger districts
2020-07-14summer0Stage 1 fire restrictions in national forests in Larimer County, Colorado
2020-06-18summer0Voluntary water conservation in Evergreen, Colorado
2020-05-07spring0Campfires prohibited in Colorado's national forests
2020-05-03spring0Dry pastures in northeast Colorado
2020-01-30winter0Soil blowing, winter wheat needed moisture in eastern Colorado
2020-01-01winter0Bark beetle infestation expanded in Colorado in 2020
2019-08-29summer0Fire restrictions in Colorado's Arapaho, Roosevelt National Forests
2019-04-04spring0Water conservation urged in Mesa County, Colorado
2019-01-01winter0Some northern Colorado golf courses closing temporarily
2018-09-21fall0Denver Water drawing heavily on reservoir in Summit County, Colorado
2018-09-18fall0Fall color arrived early in Colorado
2018-08-30summer0Scarcity, cost of hay forcing Colorado horse owners to surrender horses
2018-07-23summer0Drought stressing trees in Denver, Colorado
2018-07-22summer0Colorado anglers urged to fish early and at higher elevations
2018-07-14summer0River closed to all activity in Littleton, Colorado
2018-06-29summer0Stricter fire regulations in central and western Colorado
2018-06-14summer0Colorado River unboatable in north Colorado
2018-04-24spring0Water restrictions in Steamboat Springs, Colorado
2018-01-08winter0Uncertain irrigation supplies complicates crop planning for farmers in southeastern Colorado
2018-01-01winter0Intense fire season in northwest Colorado driven by high temperatures, drought
2017-12-13winter0Warm, dry weather brings need for lawn watering in Denver, Colorado
2017-11-01fall0Snow drought reduced visits to Colorado ski resorts
2017-07-12summer0Hungry, thin bears breaking into homes in Aspen, Colorado
2017-06-22summer0Stage 1 fire restrictions in Mesa County, Colorado
2016-07-12summer0Ban on open fires in unincorporated Larimer County, Colorado
2015-09-29fall0Denver officials exploring possibility of storing water in deep wells
2015-09-24fall0Dry, warm weather led to burn bans in several Colorado counties
2015-09-24fall0Fire restrictions in Jefferson, Clear Creek counties in Colorado
2015-09-15fall0Grazing permit decision on the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in Colorado delayed
2014-01-23winter0Some of the native grasses in Eastern Colorado have died
2012-06-06summer0Voluntary water restrictions in Thornton, Colorado
2012-05-21spring0Bears entered Boulder, Federal Heights, Colorado in search of food
2012-05-17spring0A drought task force in Colorado requested that the governor increase the response level for the Colorado, Gunnison and Yampa-White river basins
2012-05-17spring0Low snowpack closed some Colorado ski resorts early
2012-05-14spring0Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District to offer substantial amount of water, due to dry conditions
2012-05-05spring0Drought kept flowering plants from blooming well in Denver, Colorado
2012-05-01spring0More stringent summer water restrictions in Denver, Colorado
2012-04-25spring0Voluntary water conservation urged in Denver, Colorado
2012-04-10spring0Water users in Denver, Colorado asked to conserve water
2012-04-05spring0Cattle producers in La Plata County, Colorado have sold substantial portions of their herds over the past two years
2012-03-01spring0Grazing lands stressed from drought in southwestern Colorado
2011-08-23summer0Colorado governor seeks federal disaster declaration for Douglas, Elbert counties
2011-01-01winter0Twelve counties in Colorado received federal disaster declarations
2011-01-01winter0Drought conditions related to suicide rate among farmers in Colorado
2010-04-01spring0Drought played a role in oil and gas drilling companies in northern Colorado struggling to pass state inspections
2009-02-09winter0More part-time farmers and ranchers in Pueblo County, fewer full-time ones
2007-01-01winter0Drought shrinks Thunderbird Lake