Georgia receives on average 40-52 inches of rain annually.  However, if precipitation is less than the amount needed for infiltration and runoff for an extended period of time, drought conditions occur. Agricultural drought is where drought conditions extend for short periods of time (depending on area geography) and plants are affected. If drought conditions extend for long periods of time (years), water resources can be severely impacted, which causes a hydrologic drought. Under an agricultural drought, if rainfall returns to average levels the drought can be stopped. Under a hydrologic drought, ground and surface water resources may be depleted and small amounts of rainfall may be insufficient to return water levels to safe conditions.

The above was taken from a UGA Publication (Protecting Georgia’s Surface Water Resources, Bulletin 1217) and the information on this page will provide documents, web links, and information on Drought.



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