Idaho Drought Expands, Owyhee County And Coeur d'Alene Basin Are Concerns

May 29, 2015

According to a United States Drought Monitor report, all of Idaho is now in a drought or heading into a drought.

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The Idaho Statesman reports that the new statistics are in stark contrast to May 2014, when the drought monitoring website reported only 52 percent of the state was under some sort of drought condition.

U.S. Geological Survey spokesman Tim Merrick says most of Owyhee County is experiencing extreme drought and the Coeur d'Alene basin is at historic lows.

USGS Idaho Water Science Center data chief David Evetts says Idaho isn't in the same shape as California, but unless precipitation picks up this year, Idaho could be in a crisis in 2016.

The last time Idaho had such widespread drought conditions was 2005.