State Impacts

This tool sorts and displays impacts by state from the Drought Impact Reporter through 2023. 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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USDM Start Date Seasons Weeks Sectors Historically observed impacts Impact Description
D0 2023-11-27fall0
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
  • Water Supply & Quality
Drought Watch Advisory affected fewer Virginia counties, Drought Warning remainedThe Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, in coordination with the Virginia Drought Monitoring Task Force, lifted the drought watch advisory for 49 counties. A drought watch advisory remained for 15 counties in the Upper James and Big Sandy regions, while seven counties in the Shenandoah region were still in a drought warning advisory. Staunton News Leader (Va.), Jan 19, 2024 Nine counties in Virginia were added to the list of counties in a drought watch advisory, which encompasses 64 counties altogether. Since the beginning of the current water year, Oct. 1, area-averaged rainfall was still below long-term normal values for most of Virginia. Seven counties in the Shenandoah Valley remain in a drought warning advisory. WCAV-TV CBS19 (Charlottesville, Va.), Dec 11, 2023 The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Virginia Drought Monitoring Task Force reassessed conditions and expanded the Drought Watch Advisory covering 55 counties as stream flows and groundwater levels were below the 25th percentile of normal values. Seven counties in the Shenandoah Valley were under a Drought Warning Advisory. Only Southwest Virginia, the Middle Peninsula and Tidewater were not under a drought advisory. Recent rainfall has eased the dryness, but was not adequate to end rainfall deficits, improve soil moisture levels, streamflow and groundwater levels. The drought warning advisory covered the counties of Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Page, Warren and Clarke. The drought watch advisory covered the counties of Amherst, Lynchburg, Nelson, Albemarle, Appomattox, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Prince Edward, Cumberland, Goochland, Amelia, Powhatan, Chesterfield, Petersburg, Hopewell, Colonial Heights, Henrico, Hanover, Greene, Madison, Rappahannock, Orange, Culpeper, Louisa, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Patrick, Franklin, Roanoke, Henry, Bedford, Pittsylvania, Campbell, Halifax, Charlotte, Mecklenburg, Craig, Alleghany, Bath, Highland, Botetourt, and Rockbridge. Counties that were already in a drought watch advisory and remain in that status were Accomack, Northampton, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Arlington, Fairfax, Hampton, Newport News, James City, York, Charles City, and New Kent. WCAV-TV (Charlottesville, Va.), Nov 27, 2023

Sectors: Relief, Response & Restrictions Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0 D1 D2 D3
D0 2023-11-06fall0
  • Fire
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
Burn bans in several Virginia countiesBurn bans were in effect in Alleghany, Amherst, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Montgomery, Rockbridge and Wythe counties and the City of Galax. WDBJ7 (Roanoke, Va.), Nov 6, 2023

Sectors: Fire Relief, Response & Restrictions

USDM Levels: D0 D1 D2
D0 2023-08-31summer0
  • Plants & Wildlife
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
  • Tourism & Recreation
  • Water Supply & Quality
Streams, rivers closed to fishing in Virginia's Shenandoah National ParkShenandoah National Park’s streams and rivers were closed to fishing due to low stream flows and high water temperatures. The aim is to protect the long-term health of the fish populations. News Leader (Staunton, Va.), Aug 31, 2023

Sectors: Plants & Wildlife Relief, Response & Restrictions Tourism & Recreation Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0 D1 D2
D0 2023-08-30summer0
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
  • Water Supply & Quality
Twenty Virginia counties under drought watch/warning advisoriesThe Virginia Department of Environmental Quality issued a drought watch advisory for 13 counties and a drought warning for 7 counties. A drought watch advisory has been declared for the following areas: Eastern Shore: Accomack and Northampton counties (existing drought watch continued) Northern Virginia: Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Arlington, and Fairfax counties York-James: Hampton, Newport News, James City, York, Charles City, and New Kent counties. A drought warning advisory, which indicates that a significant drought is imminent, has been declared for the following areas: Shenandoah: Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Page, Warren, and Clarke counties. WRIC-TV (Richmond, Va.), Aug 30, 2023

Sectors: Relief, Response & Restrictions Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0 D1 D2 None
D0 2023-08-25summer0
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
  • Water Supply & Quality
Water conservation requested in Elkton, VirginiaWater customers in Elkton were asked to voluntarily conserve water because the high demand was straining the well pumps. The South Fork of the Shenandoah River was so low that one could walk across it. WHSV Online (Harrisonburg, Va.), Aug 25, 2023

Sectors: Relief, Response & Restrictions Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2023-08-24summer0
  • Business & Industry
  • Plants & Wildlife
Landscapers mulching more, mowing less in Shenandoah Valley, VirginiaLandscapers in the Shenandoah Valley were mowing less due to drought and were doing other jobs like mulching to keep busy. WHSV Online (Harrisonburg, Va.), Aug 24, 2023

Sectors: Business & Industry Plants & Wildlife

USDM Levels: D0 D1
D0 2023-08-01summer0
  • Agriculture
  • Business & Industry
  • Plants & Wildlife
  • Tourism & Recreation
  • Water Supply & Quality
Pumpkins, other crops lost on farm in Rockingham County, VirginiaA Keezletown farm will not open for its fall harvest festival because all of the pumpkin plants died as did much of the sunflowers and evergreen seedlings. The farm does not have irrigation to sustain the crops when it’s dry. Cattle were being fed hay because the pasture was dry. The farm will open for the Christmas season. Harrisonburg Daily News-Record (Va.), Sept 14, 2023

Sectors: Agriculture Business & Industry Plants & Wildlife Tourism & Recreation Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2023-08-01summer0
  • Agriculture
  • Business & Industry
  • Plants & Wildlife
Fewer apples being picked in Frederick County, VirginiaDrought in northern Virginia, a spring freeze and an extremely down market for apples were some of the reasons that fewer apples will be picked in Frederick County this season. some growers were leaving parts of their orchards unpicked because the low prices being offered for processing apples won’t cover the cost to harvest them this year. Apples were smaller this year, due to the drought. some apple trees even died from the drought. The Winchester Star (Va.), Sept 14, 2023

Sectors: Agriculture Business & Industry Plants & Wildlife

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2023-07-21summer0
  • Energy
  • Water Supply & Quality
Low river flow disrupted power generation at dam in Woodstock, VirginiaDrought through most of 2023 left the water level of the Shenandoah River below average, preventing hydroelectric power generation at the dam in Woodstock. WHSV (Harrisonburg, Va.), Jan 31, 2024 The Burnshire Dam in Woodstock had to stop generating power as the Shenandoah River dwindled because some amount of water had to be sent downstream. There was not enough water to produce hydropower. Water stopped flowing over the dam in early September. The low flow of the river has resulted in a loss of $15,000 to $20,000 over the past two months at a time of year when the power company pays the most for power. WHSV Online (Harrisonburg, Va.), Sept 21, 2023

Sectors: Energy Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2023-06-09summer0
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
  • Water Supply & Quality
Drought watch advisory for parts of VirginiaA drought watch advisory was in effect for the Eastern Shore, the Northern Piedmont and Shenandoah Valley. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality issued the advisory in response to weather conditions and to raise public awareness of the potential for a significant drought. Precipitation has been below normal for the past 60 to 120 days for the Eastern Shore and parts of central and northern Virginia. WCAV-TV (Charlottesville, Va.), June 9, 2023

Sectors: Relief, Response & Restrictions Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0 D1
D0 2023-05-04spring0
  • Agriculture
  • Water Supply & Quality
Strawberries, crops being irrigated in Rockingham County, VirginiaA Rocking ham County farmer irrigated strawberries and other crops and really appreciated the rain that fell over the weekend and eased the dryness somewhat. WHSV-TV (Harrisonburg, Va.), May 4, 2023

Sectors: Agriculture Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2023-04-26spring0
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
  • Water Supply & Quality
Drought watch advisory for eastern VirginiaThe Eastern Shore counties of Northampton and Accomack remained in a drought advisory, despite recent rainfall. The drought advisories for other parts of the state were lifted in mid-May. WESR-FM (Onley, Va.), June 7, 2023 The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality issued the drought watch advisory for five of the Drought Evaluation Regions due to current drought conditions and to make the public aware that dryness could pose a problem this year. The affected areas include 28 counties and 11 cities. These are the regions and localities in the advisory: Chowan: Brunswick, Dinwiddie, Greensville, Lunenburg, Nottoway, Prince George, Southampton, Surry, and Sussex counties, and the cities of Emporia and Franklin. Eastern Shore: Accomack and Northampton counties. Northern Coastal Plain: Caroline, King George, King William, King and Queen, Essex, Richmond, Westmoreland, Gloucester, Mathews, Middlesex, Lancaster, and Northumberland counties. Southeast Virginia: Isle of Wight County, and the cities of Suffolk, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach. York-James: Charles City, James City, New Kent, and York counties, and the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and Williamsburg. WCAV-TV (Charlottesville, Va.), April 26, 2023

Sectors: Relief, Response & Restrictions Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0 D1 None
D0 2021-12-21winter0
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
  • Water Supply & Quality
Drought watch advisory for southern, southeastern VirginiaVirginia’s Department of Environmental Quality announced a drought watch on Dec. 21 for the Roanoke and Martinsville regions eastward to Virginia Beach and the Eastern Shore. Local governments, public water systems and others should minimize nonessential water use and be prepared to introduce stricter water conservation measures. The next step would be a drought warning designation. WVTF-FM Public Radio (Roanoke, Va.), Dec 21, 2021

Sectors: Relief, Response & Restrictions Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0 D1 D2
D0 2021-12-20winter0
  • Fire
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
Local emergency, fire restrictions in Giles County, VirginiaGiles County declared a local emergency on Dec. 20 due to drought conditions. The county issued a ban on all outdoor burning and open fires effectively immediately, as drought increased the fire danger. The outdoor burning ban will take effect on Thursday, Dec 23 and will remain in effect until significant rain falls to lower the fire danger. Bluefield Daily Telegraph (W.V.), Dec 20, 2021

Sectors: Fire Relief, Response & Restrictions

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2021-12-16winter0
  • Fire
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
60-day burn ban for Floyd County, VirginiaThe Floyd County Board of Supervisors enacted a 60-day burn ban, due to drought conditions that create a high risk for wildfires. WDBJ7 Roanoke News (Va.), Dec 17, 2021

Sectors: Fire Relief, Response & Restrictions

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2021-12-09winter0
  • Business & Industry
  • Society & Public Health
Home foundations affected by dry soils around Chester, VirginiaThe lack of rain has kept a foundation repair business in Chester busier than they would normally be this time of year. It’s less expensive to address problems when they begin rather than waiting. To minimize drought damage to home foundations, keep the lawn around your home well maintained and watered. Keep water draining away from your house. Make sure gutters and drainage systems are clear. WTVR-TV CBS 6 (Richmond, Va.), Dec 9, 2021

Sectors: Business & Industry Society & Public Health

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2021-12-02winter0
  • Fire
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
More burn bans in central VirginiaCharlotte, Lunenburg, and Prince Edward counties joined other Virginia counties, such as Halifax and Mecklenburg, in banning outdoor burning as moderate to severe drought conditions affected the region. Southside Messenger (Keysville, Va.), Dec 8, 2021

Sectors: Fire Relief, Response & Restrictions

USDM Levels: D0 D1 D2
D0 2021-11-30fall0
  • Fire
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
Open burn bans took effect in VirginiaRain and the Jan. 3 snowstorm allowed officials in Danville and Pittsylvania County to lift burn bans that have been in effect since Nov. 30. Go Dan River (Danville, Va.), Jan 5, 2022 Open burn bans were in effect for Amherst County, Carroll County, Charlotte County, Danville, Halifax County, Henry County and Pittsylvania County. The burn bans began between Nov. 30 and Dec. 3 and will end when conditions improve. WSLS-TV NBC Channel 10 (Roanoke, Va.), Dec 3, 2021

Sectors: Fire Relief, Response & Restrictions

USDM Levels: D0 D1 D2
D0 2021-08-10summer0
  • Agriculture
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
Board of Supervisors in Shenandoah County, Virginia seeking declaration for agricultural disasterThe Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution on Aug. 10 requesting that the county be declared an agricultural disaster area. Corn, hay and soybean yields were down significantly. The first cutting was hay was nearly average, but second ones were almost “non-existent.” The Northern Virginia Daily (Strasburg), Aug 11, 2021

Sectors: Agriculture Relief, Response & Restrictions

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2021-08-09summer0
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
  • Water Supply & Quality
Drought warning in Strasburg, VirginiaThe Town of Strasburg declared a drought warning and urged residents and businesses to voluntarily conserve water. The seven-day average river flow was 103 cubic feet per second. The Northern Virginia Daily (Strasburg, Va.), Aug 9, 2021

Sectors: Relief, Response & Restrictions Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2021-07-15summer0
  • Agriculture
  • Plants & Wildlife
Smaller pumpkins, sweeter fruit in central VirginiaPumpkins grown in central Virginia were smaller than usual due to drought during the growing season. There was also less disease and fungal problems with the dry conditions. The lack of rain meant that growers had to irrigate, allowing them to apply just the amount of water needed to produce sweeter produce. One grower opted to irrigate his pumpkins amid the dry July heat this year. Lynchburg News & Advance (Va.), Oct 24, 2021

Sectors: Agriculture Plants & Wildlife

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2021-05-26spring0
  • Agriculture
  • Plants & Wildlife
  • Water Supply & Quality
Livestock fed hay in Bedford County, VirginiaA Bedford County farmer has been feeding hay for two weeks as grass for the cattle was not sufficient. The livestock were eating about four bales daily, and the farmer was considering selling livestock as hay was growing slowly. WDBJ7 Roanoke News (Va.), June 9, 2021

Sectors: Agriculture Plants & Wildlife Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2021-05-21spring0
  • Agriculture
  • Society & Public Health
Crops replanted in Dinwiddie County, VirginiaA Dinwiddie County farmer had to replant his crop for lack of moisture and later had to stop planting for lack of moisture. Farmers were praying for rain. WVIR-TV NBC29 (Charlottesville, Va.), May 21, 2021

Sectors: Agriculture Society & Public Health

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2020-07-26summer0
  • Agriculture
  • Plants & Wildlife
Virginia crops stressed by heat, droughtHeat and drought were stressing Virginia crops. The July 19 National Agricultural Statistics Service report noted that 11 percent of Virginia’s corn and fire-cured and flue-cured tobacco were in very poor condition. More than 20 percent of the corn, pasture, fire-cured tobacco and soybeans were in poor condition. A Patrick County farmer in southern Virginia stated that his crops were stressed. Corn fields in Orange County in the north central part of the state were stressed. Emporia Independent Messenger (Va.), July 26, 2020

Sectors: Agriculture Plants & Wildlife

USDM Levels: D0 D1
D0 2019-11-08fall0
  • Agriculture
  • Plants & Wildlife
Soybean yields lower, pasture struggling in VirginiaAutumn rain has been beneficial for Virginia’s crops, pushing up yields after a hot, dry summer. Pasture for grazing remained in less than desirable condition, with 35 percent fair, 40 percent poor, and 14 percent very poor. State soybean production was estimated at 21.3 million bushels, down 14 percent compared to 2018. Corn and corn silage crops showed little to no negative effects from drought. Lancaster Farming (Ephrata, Penn.), Nov. 8, 2019

Sectors: Agriculture Plants & Wildlife

USDM Levels: D0 D1 None
D0 2019-10-17fall0
  • Agriculture
  • Plants & Wildlife
Fall, winter cover crop planting delayed in VirginiaDry conditions in Virginia continued to cause delays in fall and winter cover crop planting as 78 percent of the topsoil and 77 percent of the subsoil was short or very short on moisture. Farmers were feeding hay early, and some crop yields were below average. KPVI-TV NBC 6 (Pocatello, Idaho), Oct. 17, 2019

Sectors: Agriculture Plants & Wildlife

USDM Levels: D0 D1 D2
D0 2019-10-11fall0
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
  • Water Supply & Quality
Drought watch advisory in VirginiaThanks to recent rainfall, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality lifted the statewide drought watch advisory that began on Oct. 11. Streamflows have returned to normal levels. Brookneal Union Star (Va.), Nov. 1, 2019 Gov. Ralph Northam issued a special advisory, urging citizens and localities to conserve water in preparation for potentially worsening drought. Reasons for the drought watch advisory included lack of rain since July, low stream flows and low groundwater levels. WAVY-TV NBC 10 Portsmouth (Va.), Oct. 11, 2019

Sectors: Relief, Response & Restrictions Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0 D1 D2
D0 2019-09-28fall0
  • Agriculture
  • Plants & Wildlife
  • Water Supply & Quality
Poor pastures, farmers feeding hay in Southwest VirginiaFrom far Southwest Virginia to the Shenandoah Valley, farmers were lamenting poor pastures and were feeding hay two to three months early and were hauling water where supplies had dried up. Hay cuttings were smaller than normal. Calves were being sold early rather than keeping them and allowing them to put on weight. Corn yields were down. Prince George, Va., Sept. 28, 2019

Sectors: Agriculture Plants & Wildlife Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0 D1
D0 2019-09-24fall0
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
  • Water Supply & Quality
Drought Watch Condition in Strasburg, VirginiaA Drought Watch Condition was declared for Strasburg, due to low flow on the Shenandoah River. Residents and businesses were urged to conserve water. The Drought Watch Condition was to take effect when the flow of the Shenandoah River dropped below a seven-day moving average of 175 cubic feet per second. On Sept. 24, the seven-day average was 119 cfs. Northern Virginia Daily (Strasburg, Va.), Sept. 24, 2019

Sectors: Relief, Response & Restrictions Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2019-09-24fall0
  • Fire
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
Numerous burn bans in VirginiaSignificant rain allowed numerous Virginia counties to lift burn bans, but the Virginia Department of Forestry encouraged the public to continue to be cautious with outdoor burns amid the fall fire season. The counties ending burn bans were Bland, Botetourt, Craig, Franklin, Giles, Montgomery, Pittsylvania and Wythe. Danville ended its burn ban also. WDBJ7 Roanoke News (Va.), Oct. 23, 2019 At least three dozen Virginia counties banned outdoor burning, as of Oct. 11. Go Dan River.com (Danville, Va.), Oct. 11, 2019 At least 32 Virginia counties have burn bans as drought worsened in the state. Charlottesville Daily Progress (Va.), Oct. 10, 2019 At least 24 counties and municipalities in Virginia have outdoor burn bans. Lynchburg News & Advance (Va.), Oct. 7, 2019 Dry weather led numerous Virginia counties and communities to adopt burn bans. The counties were Bland, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Montgomery, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Smyth, Tazewell and Wythe and the communities of Danville, Radford City and Rocky Mount. WDBJ7 Roanoke News (Va.), Sept. 25, 2019 Officials in Buchanan and Washington counties enacted burn bans. WBIR-TV Knoxville (Knoxville, Tenn.), Sept. 23, 2019

Sectors: Fire Relief, Response & Restrictions

USDM Levels: D0 D1
D0 2019-09-23fall0
  • Agriculture
  • Plants & Wildlife
  • Water Supply & Quality
Pastures brown, springs low in Giles County, VirginiaLittle rain has fallen in Giles County since early summer, forcing producers to feed cattle as pastures were brown and dotted with toxic, invasive weeds. Ponds were going dry, springs were low, and wells were going dry. Hay reserves were low in the region, and cattle sales were occurring. WDBJ7 Roanoke News (Va.), Sept. 23, 2019

Sectors: Agriculture Plants & Wildlife Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2019-09-16fall0
  • Agriculture
  • Plants & Wildlife
  • Water Supply & Quality
Feeding hay, early sale of calves in Botetourt County, VirginiaA cattle producer in Botetourt County had dry pastures and was feeding hay at least two months early as hay feeding typically begins in late November or early December. He also grows hay and usually has some to sell, but this year the livestock need what he has grown. He expects to have to sell calves early at a lighter weight. The combined loss of hay production and early sale of low-weight calves will mean a loss of 30 percent, stated the farmer. Drought forced another Botetourt County farmer to assess his situation and sell cattle early. The animals sold for about half the normal price. He was feeding hay early, and a stream went dry on his property, one of the water sources for his livestock. The Roanoke Times (Va.), Oct. 4, 2019

Sectors: Agriculture Plants & Wildlife Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2019-08-15summer0
  • Agriculture
  • Plants & Wildlife
Hay supplies low in VirginiaMany Virginia farmers were low on hay after a late summer and fall drought in 2019 reduced hay production and forced them to begin feeding hay early, cutting into winter supplies. Many farmers were searching for hay to purchase in state, but were finding that they had to purchase from neighboring states. Some parts of Virginia had adequate supplies, however. Hay prices were also higher than normal. Round bales were selling for $80 rather than the normal price of $40. Many pastures did not recover well after the drought, meaning farmers will have to feed longer than usual this spring. Culpeper Star-Exponent (Va.), Feb. 6, 2020

Sectors: Agriculture Plants & Wildlife

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2019-07-08summer0
  • Agriculture
  • Plants & Wildlife
Drought hurting crops, pasture in VirginiaDry weather in Virginia has hurt crops and led livestock producers to feed hay early. In Powhatan County, a farmer reported that soybeans were suffering and his last cutting of hay would be light. He began feeding hay to cattle in mid-August. Several farmers in Franklin County have been feeding hay for more than two months. In Rockbridge County, pasture conditions were deteriorating rapidly as hot, dry weather depleted soil moisture. Augusta Free Press (Maine), Sept. 14, 2019

Sectors: Agriculture Plants & Wildlife

USDM Levels: D0 None
D0 2018-01-26winter0
  • Agriculture
  • Water Supply & Quality
Wells running dry in Shenandoah County, VirginiaSix private wells have gone dry in Shenandoah County as rainfall remained below average, allowing groundwater levels to drop. Farmers are struggling to keep livestock watered as streams and ponds run dry. WHSV-TV (Harrisonburg, Va.), Jan. 26, 2018

Sectors: Agriculture Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2017-12-20winter0
  • Fire
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
Fire restrictions in Rocky Mount, VirginiaA ban on outdoor burning was issued in Rocky Mount by the fire marshal, due to below normal precipitation and low humidity. WSET-TV ABC 13 (Lynchburg, Va.), Dec. 20, 2017

Sectors: Fire Relief, Response & Restrictions

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2017-12-01winter0
  • Agriculture
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
  • Water Supply & Quality
Wells, streams dry in Augusta County, Virginia causing hardship for farmersWells, streams and springs have been affected by drought in Augusta County for months, leading the county’s service authority to establish a water filling station at the Augusta Government Center in Verona. Farmers needing water for their livestock can get water from the non-potable filling station on weekdays. The filling station in Verona was set up at the request of county supervisor Marshall Pattie after a popular spring on Cider Mill Road in Mount Sidney ran dry. Charlottesville Daily Progress (Va.), Feb. 3, 2018

Sectors: Agriculture Relief, Response & Restrictions Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2017-11-28fall0
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
  • Water Supply & Quality
Lynchburg, Virginia water supplier relying on backup supplyLynchburg Water Resources began drawing water from the James River on Nov. 28, instead of solely from the Pedlar Reservoir in Amherst because the level of the reservoir was low, due to poor rainfall. Lynchburg’s water department was getting 40 percent of its water from the reservoir and 60 percent from the river. Lynchburg News & Advance (Va.), Jan. 4, 2018

Sectors: Relief, Response & Restrictions Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2017-10-23fall0
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
  • Water Supply & Quality
Voluntary water conservation in Harrisonburg, VirginiaHarrisonburg’s Public Utilities Department reminded citizens that water conservation was always wise while drought conditions existed in the area. WSVA-AM 550 (Va.), Oct. 23, 2017

Sectors: Relief, Response & Restrictions Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2017-10-11fall0
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
  • Water Supply & Quality
Drought watch for Shenandoah Valley and Middle James and Roanoke River regions of VirginiaThe Virginia Department of Environmental Quality issued a drought watch for the Shenandoah Valley and the Middle James and Roanoke River regions. The drought watch is intended to raise public awareness of conditions, which could lead to significant drought events. WHSV-TV (Harrisonburg, Va.), Oct. 11, 2017 and Nov. 30, 2017

Sectors: Relief, Response & Restrictions Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0 D1 None
D0 2017-10-11fall0
  • Agriculture
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
Shenandoah County, Virginia seeking ag disaster reliefOfficials in Shenandoah County are looking to the governor for an agricultural disaster declaration due to the lack of rain in recent months. Pasture grass is dormant, farm ponds are dry, and livestock do not have enough to eat. WDVM-TV (Hagerstown, Md.), Oct. 11, 2017

Sectors: Agriculture Relief, Response & Restrictions

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2017-10-11fall0
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
  • Water Supply & Quality
Fire training postponed in Albemarle County, VirginiaAlbemarle County Fire and Rescue have postponed all nonessential training involving water, due to the water restrictions. In Charlottesville, fall fire hydrant inspections were suspended. WVIR-TV NBC29 (Charlottesville, Va.), Oct. 11, 2017

Sectors: Relief, Response & Restrictions Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2017-10-05fall0
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
  • Water Supply & Quality
Drought watch advisory in VirginiaA drought watch advisory was issued for the Northern Piedmont of Virginia, including Culpeper, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality issued the advisory because the region received 83 percent of normal precipitation between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 15, 2017. Culpeper Star-Exponent (Va.), Oct. 5, 2017

Sectors: Relief, Response & Restrictions Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0 None
D0 2017-10-04fall0
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
  • Water Supply & Quality
Water restrictions in Orange, VirginiaThe Town of Orange enacted water restrictions on Oct. 4, with mandatory water restrictions in effect. WVIR-TV NBC29 (Charlottesville, Va.), Oct. 5, 2017

Sectors: Relief, Response & Restrictions Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2017-09-28fall0
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
  • Tourism & Recreation
  • Water Supply & Quality
Caution encouraged with low water at Smith Mountain Project in VirginiaAppalachian Power warned shoreline residents to be cautious, given the potential dangers of shallow water at the Smith Mountain Project, which includes Smith Mountain Lake and Leesville Lake. Poor rainfall in the late summer months has allowed lake levels to fall to more than two feet below full pool. WDBJ7 Roanoke News (Va.), Sept. 28, 2017

Sectors: Relief, Response & Restrictions Tourism & Recreation Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2017-08-03summer0
  • Plants & Wildlife
Drought curbed mushroom growth in New River Valley, VirginiaThe lack of rain severely reduced the chanterelle mushroom harvest in New River Valley, according to a mushroom forager. Charlottesville Daily Progress (Va.), Aug. 3, 2017

Sectors: Plants & Wildlife

USDM Levels: D0 None
D0 2017-03-22spring0
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
  • Water Supply & Quality
Drought watch advisory in VirginiaThe Virginia Department of Environmental Quality issued a drought watch advisory for localities and public water suppliers in Greene, Louisa, Madison and Orange counties. Other areas in the watch were Culpeper, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Fauquier, Prince William and Loudoun counties and the cities of Fredericksburg, Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park. The advisory was meant to alert the public that drought conditions were developing and to prepare for such an event. Voluntary water conservation was encouraged. WCAV-TV Charlottesville Newsplex (Va.), March 22, 2017

Sectors: Relief, Response & Restrictions Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0 D1 D2
D0 2016-11-10fall0
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
  • Water Supply & Quality
Lynchburg, Virginia drawing from James RiverThe dropping level of the Pedlar Reservoir in Amherst County prompted Lynchburg water officials to turn to the James River for water to meet the city’s needs. Seventy percent of Lynchburg’s water was coming from Pedlar Reservoir and 30 percent from the James River, but the city will begin getting about 50 percent of its water from the river if no rain falls in the next week. The level of the reservoir has been falling about an inch daily since the city began using river water. The Lynchburg News & Advance (Va.), Nov. 14, 2016

Sectors: Relief, Response & Restrictions Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0 None
D0 2015-09-15fall0
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
  • Water Supply & Quality
Drought watch in southern, southwestern VirginaThe drought watch advisory for the Roanoke River Basin was lifted after recent rainfall. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality reported that rain improved stream flows and ground water levels. WTOP-AM 1500 Washington (D.C.), Nov. 5, 2015 A drought watch was issued for parts of Southside and Southwest Virginia by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. Water conservation was urged in Patrick, Franklin, Roanoke, Henry, Bedford, Pittsylvania, Campbell, Halifax, Charlotte and Mecklenburg counties and the cities of Danville, Martinsville, Roanoke and Salem. Roanoke Times (Va.), Sept. 15, 2015

Sectors: Relief, Response & Restrictions Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2014-10-28fall0
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
  • Water Supply & Quality
Drought watch for Strasburg, VirginiaStrasburg was in a drought watch effective Oct. 28 after the North Fork of the Shenandoah River fell below the trigger level indicated in the town’s water-treatment plant permit. Water customers were asked to voluntarily conserve water. The drought plan the town currently uses is more conservative and encourages water conservation earlier than the town's previous drought plan. Northern Virginia Daily (Strasburg, Va.), Oct. 28, 2014

Sectors: Relief, Response & Restrictions Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2013-11-13fall0
  • Business & Industry
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
  • Water Supply & Quality
Car washes in Charlottesville and Albemarle County in Virginia may participate in water conservation programCar washes in Charlottesville and Albemarle County may participate in the Carwash Certification Program, which would allow them to remain open during a drought warning. The voluntary program will promote car washes that install low-flow toilets, curb their use of potable water per wash, adopt best management practices and fix leaks right away. Charlottesville Daily Progress (Va.), Nov. 13, 2013

Sectors: Business & Industry Relief, Response & Restrictions Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2012-12-11winter0
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
  • Water Supply & Quality
Drought watch in effect for portions of central and western VirginiaA drought watch was in effect for portions of central and western Virginia, including parts of Appomattox, Buckingham, Chesterfield, Cumberland and Powhatan counties; all of Albemarle, Amherst, Fluvanna, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico and Nelson counties; the cities of Charlottesville, Lynchburg and Richmond; and the towns of Amherst, Ashland, Columbia, Dillwyn, Pamplin City and Scottsville. People in these areas were urged to conserve water. Some communities, such as Chesterfield, Petersburg and Colonial Heights, have responded by enacting mandatory water restrictions. Precipitation in central and western Virginia since Oct. 1 amounted to less than 55 percent of normal, according to the state Department of Environmental Quality. Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.), Dec. 12, 2012. Recent precipitation allowed the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to lift the drought watch in effect for portions of central, Southside and Southwest Virginia. The drought watch remained in the upper James River basin in western Virginia. Washington Post (D.C.), Feb. 14, 2013

Sectors: Relief, Response & Restrictions Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0 D1
D0 2012-09-30fall0
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
  • Water Supply & Quality
The low level of the Roanoke River has prevented the Western Virginia Water Authority from drawing water from the riverThe low level of the Roanoke River has prevented the Western Virginia Water Authority from drawing water from the river to add to Spring Hollow Reservoir since September. The reservoir was 69 percent full. Roanoke Times (Va.), Dec. 11, 2012

Sectors: Relief, Response & Restrictions Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2012-08-16summer0
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
  • Water Supply & Quality
Drought watches, warnings for parts of VirginiaThe Appomattox River Basin was in a drought warning due to low rainfall and high temperatures. People were asked to conserve water voluntarily. In the Northern Piedmont and Roanoke River drought evaluation regions, there were drought watches to alert the public that drought conditions may be on the horizon if rain does not fall soon. Stream flows, groundwater levels, agriculture and public water supplies were feeling the effects of the low rainfall, stated the Virginia Drought Management Task Force. WAMU FM 88.5 American University Radio (Washington D.C.), Aug. 16, 2012

Sectors: Relief, Response & Restrictions Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0 D1 D2 None
D0 2012-08-03summer0
  • Agriculture
Drought reduced corn yield in Hanover County, VirginiaDrought damaged the corn crop in Hanover County, where one farmer expected that his yield would be more than 75 percent below average. Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.), Aug. 3, 2012

Sectors: Agriculture

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2012-06-15summer0
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
  • Water Supply & Quality
Mandatory water restrictions for communities served by the Appomattox River Water Authority in VirginiaMandatory water restrictions were enacted for the five jurisdictions served by the Appomattox River Water Authority, due to reduced rainfall, low groundwater levels and falling water levels at Lake Chesdin, located on the Chesterfield-Dinwiddie county line. Lake Chesdin provides water for the counties of Chesterfield, Dinwiddie and Prince George and the cities of Colonial Heights and Petersburg. Voluntary water restrictions were enacted in June. Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.), Aug. 18, 2012

Sectors: Relief, Response & Restrictions Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2010-11-08fall0
  • Agriculture
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
Funds available for conservation damage in five Virginia countiesFarmers in Albemarle, Bath, Fluvanna, Goochland and Louisa counties in Virginia are eligible for assistance through the Emergency Conservation Program because those counties sustained damage from drought. The funds may be used for debris removal from farmland, fence and conservation structure repair, and water supply for animals, among other activities. Roughly $110,000 was set aside to assist farmers in the five Virginia counties. Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA), Nov. 8

Sectors: Agriculture Relief, Response & Restrictions

USDM Levels: D0 D1 None
D0 2010-11-04fall0
  • Agriculture
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
USDA designates disaster in 59 Virginia countiesThe USDA has designated 59 counties and one independent city as primary natural disaster areas, effective Nov. 4, due to losses caused by drought and excessive heat that began April 1, 2010, and continues. The News & Advance (VA), Nov. 10, 2010 and Farm Service Agency press release Nov. 8, 2010.

Sectors: Agriculture Relief, Response & Restrictions

USDM Levels: D0 D1 D2 None
D0 2010-09-15fall0
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
  • Water Supply & Quality
Lynchburg, Virginia relying fully on James River for municipal waterThe water level in the Pedlar Reservoir dropped to 13 feet below the spillway, prompting Lynchburg city officials to begin using water from the James River for all of the city’s needs. The Lynchburg News & Advance (Va.), Nov. 14, 2016

Sectors: Relief, Response & Restrictions Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2010-08-16summer0
  • Agriculture
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
Campbell County seeks disaster declarationCampbell County sought a disaster declaration due to drought since crops have fared so badly. Some of the corn crop was completely devastated, while 60 to 80 percent of the corn that was planted late is not expected to do well. Some livestock producers in the county sold their calves or older animals to reduce the number of livestock to a level that they can afford to feed through the winter. Twenty-five other Virginia counties have also applied for disaster declarations. Lynchburg News & Advance (VA), Aug. 16

Sectors: Agriculture Relief, Response & Restrictions

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2010-08-12summer0
  • Agriculture
Virginia viticulturists worried about grape performanceVirginia viticulturists are worried that drought conditions may have produced grapes that will not yield good wine. In the central part of the state, pinot gris and sparkling wine grapes were just picked, marking the earliest date that grapes have been ripe that growers can remember. WSLS-TV NBC Channel 10 (VA), Aug. 12

Sectors: Agriculture

USDM Levels: D0 D1 D2
D0 2010-08-03summer0
  • Agriculture
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
Appomattox County is the 15th county in Virginia to seek disaster declarationThe Appomattox County Board of Supervisors is seeking a disaster declaration from the governor since the county has lost approximately $1,281,251 in agricultural damages on 25, 685 acres of land due to drought and heat, according to the county cooperative extension agent. Appomattox County is the 15th county in Virginia to request a disaster declaration. The other counties asking for relief are Albemarle, Caroline, Dinwiddie, Essex, Franklin, King and Queen, King George, Middlesex, Northumberland, Nottoway, Prince Edward, Rockbridge, Southampton, and Westmoreland. Hay harvests have been smaller than usual, while farmers anticipate that other crops will yield less than usual also. NEWS 8-TV D.C., Aug. 3

Sectors: Agriculture Relief, Response & Restrictions

USDM Levels: D0 D1 D2
D0 2010-07-26summer0
  • Fire
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
Outdoor burning prohibited in Campbell CountyOutdoor burning is prohibited in Campbell County due to the increased fire danger from dry conditions. The restriction will remain in effect until the dry conditions ease. Lynchburg News & Advance, July 26

Sectors: Fire Relief, Response & Restrictions

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2010-07-15summer0
  • Agriculture
  • Water Supply & Quality
Producers begin to sell livestock in Frederick CountyPonds are going dry and producers are beginning to provide feed for their livestock because pastures are dormant, according to the extension agent in Frederick County. The absence of pasture, hay, and water for the animals led some producers to begin selling livestock. Smith Mountain Eagle, July 15

Sectors: Agriculture Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2010-07-08summer0
  • Agriculture
Second cutting of hay lost in Pulaski CountyThe second cutting of hay in Pulaski County is lost since some parts of the county haven’t felt rain in over one month. The loss of hay will leave many farmers without enough hay to get through the winter, which forces producers to consider culling cattle or seeking hay from elsewhere.

Sectors: Agriculture

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2010-07-08summer0
  • Fire
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
Fire restrictions in several Virginia countiesDry conditions led to fire restrictions in Botetourt, Floyd, Franklin, Montgomery, Roanoke, and Rockbridge counties and the city of Pulaski.

Sectors: Fire Relief, Response & Restrictions

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2010-07-08summer0
  • Agriculture
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
Frederick County requesting a disaster declaration from the governorFrederick County formally requested a drought disaster declaration from the governor of Virginia.

Sectors: Agriculture Relief, Response & Restrictions

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2010-07-08summer0
  • Agriculture
  • Water Supply & Quality
Blackberries in Bedford County affected by heat, droughtAn orchard owner in Bedford County noted that his blackberries “look like they are cooking on the vines.” He will continue transporting water to the blackberries to hopefully allow the berries become more plump.

Sectors: Agriculture Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2010-06-30summer0
  • Agriculture
  • Water Supply & Quality
Albemarle County farmer feeding hay, culling cowsA farmer in the northern part of Albemarle County began feeding his livestock hay in June and continues to do so. He culled 40 cows because it cost too much to feed them. He knows of farmers who are transporting water to their cattle because water sources have gone dry. Charlottesville Daily Progress (VA), Sept. 20

Sectors: Agriculture Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2009-02-07winter0
  • Agriculture
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
Twelve Virginia counties designated natural disaster areasTwelve counties in Virginia were declared to be natural disaster areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture due to drought. The counties affected by the declaration include Alleghany, Buchanan, Craig, Dickenson, Giles, Montgomery, Roanoke, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell and Washington. This declaration permits affected farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural producers to apply for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency.

Sectors: Agriculture Relief, Response & Restrictions

USDM Levels: D0 D1
D0 2008-12-12winter0
  • Agriculture
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
Another 13 counties declared to be natural disaster areasThirteen counties in Virginia were declared to be natural disaster areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture due to drought and heat. The counties affected by the declaration include Albemarle, Buckingham, Caroline, Fluvanna, Franklin, Goochland, Greene, Hanover, Henry, Isle of Wight, Lunenburg, Powhatan and Rockbridge counties. Neighboring areas that are eligible for aid also include the independent cities of Buena Vista, Charlottesville, Franklin, Lexington, Martinsville, Newport News and Suffolk, as well as the counties of Alleghany, Amelia, Amherst, Appomattox, Augusta, Bath, Bedford, Botetourt, Brunswick, Charlotte, Chesterfield, Cumberland, Essex, Floyd, Henrico, James City, King and Queen, King George, King William, Louisa, Madison, Mecklenburg, Nelson, New Kent, Nottoway, Orange, Page, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Prince Edward, Roanoke, Rockingham, Southampton, Spotsylvania, Stafford and Surry.

Sectors: Agriculture Relief, Response & Restrictions

USDM Levels: D0 D1 D2 None
D0 2008-12-10winter0
  • Agriculture
  • Relief, Response & Restrictions
Disaster declarations for 3 Virginia countiesAugusta, Page, and Rockingham counties in Virginia were declared to be natural disaster areas by the U.S. Department of Agriculture due to drought. This declaration permits affected farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural producers to apply for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency.

Sectors: Agriculture Relief, Response & Restrictions

USDM Levels: D0 D1

To view simple examples of impacts reported in the past in each state at different levels of drought, check out our tables of historically observed impacts.