Drought watch lifted in Genesee, Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 October 2022 at 12:18 pm

Orleans and Genesee counties are no longer on the drought watch after recent rainfall boosted the levels of groundwater and surface water.

Orleans, the GLOW region and Western New York were put in a drought watch in late July by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Orleans is among 34 counties where the drought status has been changed from “Drought Watch” to “Normal.” The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced the change on Sunday.

“Despite the encouraging hydrological conditions, all New Yorkers are urged to continue reducing unnecessary water waste, fixing leaks, and choosing efficient water fixtures,” the DEC said.