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Released: 10/26/1995

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Scattered rains have eased drought conditions in the Northeastern U.S. for now, according to hydrologists at the U.S. Geological Survey.

Water levels in the Delaware River basin reservoirs, which provide half of New York City’s water supply, have risen but are still below normal,according to William Harkness, USGS hydrologist and Delaware River Master. (Reservoir levels dropped into the lower half of the drought warning zone on Fri., Oct. 13, 1995, triggering withdrawal restrictions for New York City and other areas.) On Thurs., Oct. 26, total storage in the Pepacton, Cannonsville and the Neversink reservoirs was 107 billion gallons, 30 percent below the average storage for late October of 153 billion gallons.

The USGS measured the following above normal streamflows in the Northeast, Thurs., Oct. 26, 1995:

o At Harrisburg, Pa., flow of the Susquehanna River is nearly 40 bgd, nearly four times higher than the October average flow of 11 bgd.

o At Washington, D.C., flow of the Potomac River is about 8.6 bgd, more than four times higher than the October average flow of 1.9 bgd.

o At Green Island, N.Y., flow of the Hudson River is 19.9 bgd, nearly five times higher than the October average flow of 4.0 bgd.

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