Drought Resources

Explorer Stephen Long called Colorado “the Great American Desert,” and true to his observation, the state is currently experiencing a severe drought. This map from the USDA shows what parts of the country are currently experiencing drought, and all of Colorado is highlighted, with the metro area and north central part of the state under “moderate” drought conditions while other parts are “severe,” “extreme,” or “exceptional,” as is the case for southeastern Colorado.  For more information on drought in Colorado see the Colorado Drought Mitigation and Response Plan and Historical Perspectives on Colorado DroughtFor resources on dealing with drought at your home or farm, these publications from the Colorado State University Extension can be particularly useful:

Other drought-related publications available from our library include: