DEP to hold hearing on possible drought warning in NJ
Much of New Jersey could be facing a drought warning in the week ahead due to lack of rain.
Data from the Department of Environmental Protection shows that over the last 90 days, average rainfall should be at nine inches. It says rainfall is off by three inches.
It also says the water levels at the 12 reservoirs in Northern New Jersey are 11 percent below normal.
The state DEP will hold a public hearing on Thursday night in Milburn to consider moving the state to a drought warning. If conditions gets worse, it could move to a drought emergency, which would bring mandatory restrictions on water use.
Currently, data shows that Bergen County is experiencing the most severe drought conditions.