Pa., N.Y. added to Susquehanna drought alert

June 12, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission issued a drought warning yesterday for the New York and Pennsylvania portions of the river's watershed. The Maryland portion has been under a drought warning since December.

Ground-water levels in the 27,500-square-mile region were reported "dangerously low." The river's flow at Harrisburg was the lowest in 110 years of recordkeeping, and 38 other streams also were setting new lows.

The worsening drought "should not be taken lightly," said commission Chairman John Hicks. "We urge citizens throughout the basin to voluntarily reduce their water usage," he said.

Pub Date: 6/12/99

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