Eastern Shore Drought Watch

The Maryland Department of the Environment says the Eastern Shore is under a drought watch. Rainfall in the state’s eastern region is reportedly about 60-percent of normal levels. The MDE said local water jurisdictions have not yet placed restrictions but could do so in the future. Maryland residents might be asked to conserve water soon as the state’s drought conditions worsen. The state’s Department of Environment says there are signs of drought getting worse despite rain in the area this week. Less than two-inches of precipitation fell during the winter but normally the state gets close to 20-inches. Officials say water restrictions are a possibility if conditions don’t improve.