Nation's year-end water picture brighter


  • Anonymous


Despite the severe dry conditions marking the first half of the year and still lingering in most parts of the Southeast, the nation's overall water picture improved in the closing months of 1981, lessening concern over water resources, according to a year-end check by the U.S. Geological Survey.

USGS hydrologists said that combined flow of the nation's Big Five rivers (Mississippi, St. Lawrence, Ohio, Columbia, and Missouri) averaged 693 billion gallons a day (bgd), 10% below normal for 1981. Although the combined flow of the Big Five in December averaged 10% below normal, there was still strong improvement over the January 1981 average, which was 41% below normal.