‘Unprecedented’ drought sets records in Idaho

Idaho drought
Posted at 11:36 AM, Aug 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-10 13:36:31-04

Idaho is facing unprecedented drought despite getting normal snow levels last winter, and water managers warn the state could be entering a multi-year drought.

The Idaho Press reports that Idaho Department of Water Resources hydrologist David Hoekema recently wrote in a water analysis that the state could be seeing several years of limited water supply. That's unless Idaho gets a snowpack this winter that is significantly higher than normal.

Last year's snowpack was good, leading few to expect the current drought. But Idaho had a very dry spring followed by the hottest June and July on record in many regions, meaning reservoirs were quickly depleted.