State of Maine Drought Report


 State of Maine

Drought Task Force

Report on Current Hydrologic Conditions

June 17, 2021


On Thursday, June 17, 2021, the US Drought Monitor classified 100% of the State of Maine as D0 (Abnormally Dry) status (Figure 1), with 40.38% of this area elevated to Moderate Drought (D1) status. The area affected by dry conditions has increased by 34.65% from two weeks ago and the Moderate Drought condition has entered the state for the first time this year. Drought conditions have rapidly intensified in the last two weeks and this trend is expected to continue into summer. In response to escalated drought, the Maine Emergency Management Agency has published an online survey for home owners to report private wells running dry and opportunities for assistance:



• Conditions in Maine have degraded substantially, 100% of the state is Abnormally Dry with 40.38% experiencing Moderate Drought

• More than half of the streamflow gage stations in Maine with 30+ years of record are the lowest they’ve ever been for this time of year.

• The Maine Emergency Management Agency has published an online dry well survey, please distribute the following link to private well owners facing drought-related issues: Also, Mainers can either dial 211 or 1-877-463-6207, or they can text a Maine zip code to 898-211 for assistance with filling out the survey.

• Low-income homeowners with dry wells may be eligible to apply for assistance through the USDA Single Housing Repair Program or the Maine Housing Home Repair Program.