Impact of Drought on New Jersey's Water Resources

by Peter W. Anderson, Water Quality Section Chf.; U.S. Geological Survey, Trenton, NJ,
Samuel D. Faust, Res. Chemist; U.S. Geological Survey, Trenton, NJ,
John E. McCall, District Chf.; U.S. Geological Survey, Trenton, NJ,

Serial Information: Journal of the Irrigation and Drainage Division, 1972, Vol. 98, Issue 3, Pg. 375-385

Document Type: Journal Paper


New Jersey, together with other northeastern states, in 1966 began to recover from its 5th consecutive year of severe drought. The environmental effects of this drought upon the state's surface water resources were manifold. Among them were deterioration of stream quality, severe decreases in streamflows, critical depletion of storage in reservoirs used for public-water supply, increased chemical-treatment costs for potable-water supplies, record high intrusion of salinity in estuaries, changing fish-migration patterns, and upstream movement of a major oyster predator onto seed beds. Residual effects of this drought on streamflow and water quality were evident for up to 2 years after the meteorological drought had ended.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Droughts | Streamflow | Water quality | Surface water | Deterioration | River and stream beds | Water storage | New Jersey | United States

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