America's Preparedness Report Card 2015

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Pennsylvania Drought

Owing in large part to a thorough and detailed state water plan, Pennsylvania is one of the leaders among states in preparing for climate change-related drought risks. Combined with its low threat level, this high level of action earns the state an A.



For more information on how prepared Pennsylvania is for its growing drought threat, read the detailed state summary.


Is Pennsylvania Taking Action

  • Pennsylvania continuously tracks precipitation, stream flow, groundwater levels, soil moisture, and reservoir levels, providing real-time data and analysis of drought conditions throughout the state
  • The Pennsylvania Climate Adaptation Planning Report contains a discussion of adaptation measures for infrastructure and public health sectors to address current and future drought risks
  • The State Water Plan incorporates climate change-related drought projections into its policy recommendations intended to promote sustainable water services in the state