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Most of McHenry County moves to ‘moderate drought’ status

A large part of McHenry County is now under what is considered by experts to be a “moderate drought,” an improvement over the “severe drought” designation the area was under for much of the summer.

In response to this, the village of Cary on Monday announced it will move back to the “green condition” of its outdoor water conservation code, starting Wednesday. This means all outdoor water uses, including lawn sprinklers and irrigation, are unrestricted.

McHenry County saw one of its driest seasons this year, causing its groundwater aquifer levels to be at the lowest in years. A lack of rain also caused concern for farmers trying to grow crops for the season, though they’ve proved beneficial in oft-flooded areas, such as Crystal Lake’s Three Oaks Recreation Area.

However, most of the county is now considered at a “moderate” drought level, according to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Drought Monitor. The National Integrated Drought Information System says 30% of McHenry County – mostly along its northern edge – remains under a severe drought.

Cary’s Public Works Department will continue to monitor groundwater aquifer levels and overall customer water demand, the village said in a press release.

“Should severe drought conditions return and warrant additional measures to protect our drinking water supply, this condition could change in the future and outdoor water uses may again become limited,” the village said in the release.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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