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Posted on: June 13, 2023

SRWMD Hydrologic Conditions Report for May is now available

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LIVE OAK, FLA., JUNE 13, 2023 – To help enhance public awareness of water levels and the impact rainfall has on current conditions in North Florida, the Suwannee River Water Management District (District) has released its Hydrologic Conditions Report for the month of May.  

This monthly report highlights rainfall, surface water and groundwater levels, a climate and drought outlook, as well as other scientific data that can be utilized to help educate the public about the impact rainfall has on North Florida.  

Notable highlights from the month of May:  

  • The District received an average of 3.38 inches of rain during the month, which is approximately 3 percent less than the 1932-2022 average of 3.47 inches. 
  • The 12-month period ending May 31 reflected a rainfall deficit of 9.37 inches. This means the District has received less rainfall during the previous 12 months than the historical average. 
  • Many of the river gages finished the month in the normal (25th to 75th percentile) flow range due to an increase in rainfall in May. Two Santa Fe River gages (Worthington Springs and Graham) along with New River ended the month with above normal (75th to 90th percentile) flows. 
  • Upper Floridan Aquifer (UFA) levels across the District reflected mostly normal levels, while portions of Jefferson, Lafayette, Taylor, Suwannee, Dixie, Levy, and Gilchrist counties saw levels in either the low (10th to 25th percentile) or extremely low (less than 10th percentile) ranges at the end of the month.  
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) three-month seasonal outlook favors above normal temperatures and above normal rainfall chances throughout the District from June through August. 
  • The U.S. Drought Monitor report released on June 8 shows the southern part of the District with abnormally dry conditions and portions of Levy County showing moderate drought or severe drought conditions. 

The full report can be found at the District’s website under the Science & Data tab. It is typically updated the second week of each month, and reports from the previous five years are available for viewing. 

The mission of the Suwannee River Water Management District is to protect and manage water resources using science-based solutions to support natural systems and the needs of the public. The District holds true to the belief of water for nature, water for people. Headquartered in Live Oak, Florida, the District serves 15 surrounding north-central Florida counties.

For more information about the District, visit www.MySuwanneeRiver.com or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.

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