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.