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Hydrologist Says Drought May Lead To Water Supply Issues

Severe drought levels remain relatively stable despite recent rainfall across the state.

Mike Gillispie is a hydrologist with the National Weather Service. He says drought conditions are causing record lows for ground water.

“The groundwater is getting used up, soil moisture is way behind normal for most areas. So, water supply is going to start having issues if we continue to see these dry conditions going forward.”

Gillespie says any rainfall the state receives will be beneficial for crops and bodies of water with current conditions.

The drought monitor updates every Thursday and can be found here.

This story comes from a recent interview on SDPB's weekday radio program, "In the Moment." Listen to the full interview below.