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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Water > Drought Information Drought Information

The following is a collection of drought-related information from the Indiana DNR with links to other state agencies that are also educating the public about the dry conditions.

Impact

  • Dry conditions make grass and wildfires more prevalent.
  • Burn bans can be been instituted by local governments around the state, requiring outdoor enthusiasts to take special care with campfires and cooking.
  • Low water levels in lakes and streams can cause hazardous boating conditions, beach closures, and blue-green algae blooms.
  • Indiana's water shortage plan is implemented during droughts. 
  • Wildlife and fauna are changing behavior.
  • Trees and forests remain under stress.

Burn bans, beach closings

Some information about drought-related bans and closures for State Parks and Reservoirs can be found on our advisoriespage. However, because conditions change quickly, we recommend checking with property staff.

Visit the Indiana Department of Homeland Security's Website (http://www.in.gov/dhs/getprepared.htm) for preparedness and burn ban information.

Unsafe boating

As a result of the drought, public boat ramps can become unsafe for launching trailered boats, especially on rivers.

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers controls and monitors the water level in several DNR reservoirs. View lake levels.

Blue-green algae

Because of high blue-green algae counts, humans and pets should avoid ingesting water and contact with visible surface scums. Shower with soapy water after swimming. For more information about blue-green algae visit http://www.algae.in.gov/ or http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/files/sp-BlueGreenAlgae.pdf.

Water shortages

The Department of Natural Resources and the state Department of Homeland Security have issued a Water Shortage Warning for all counties in Indiana due to drought conditions. Read the media release.

The Division of Water maintains information about the state's water resources.

Wildlife and fauna

While wildlife may be stressed and there may be some lower survival of young and mortality of older, weaker animals, and increased predation as prey and predators congregate on limited resources, wildlife species have ways of adapting as they have in previous drought years. Wildlife may reduce their activities or change the timing of their activities, thus they may not be as visible to us. When rain returns, we may be surprised by the wildlife that appear as conditions improve. Read the media release

Forest, Woodlot and Urban tree information

The DNR Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology have issued a fact sheet regarding the impact of the drought on trees. Read more information here.

Other State Resources

http://www.drought.IN.gov

Page updated October 2012