Department of the Environment

Maryland state officials have issued a drought warning for the Eastern Shore.

The counties range from Caroline, Dorchester, Kent and Queen Anne’s to Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester.

This follows on a more serious drought warning that has been issued for central Maryland that include counties such as Baltimore, Carroll and Montgomery among others.

The Maryland Department of the Environment points to lower than normal stream flows and underground water levels.

Rain fall for the last six months has been 6.5 inches below normal.

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Hogan announced Wednesday that James Fielder, who has served as his secretary of appointments, will take the place of Jennie Hunter-Cevera,

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Department for the Environment

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's Department of the Environment says a drought warning has been issued for most of the Eastern Shore.

The warning issued Monday covers all of the Eastern Shore except for Cecil County. MDE says during a drought warning local water systems should implement conservation measures and residents and businesses should look to cut non-essential water use. MDE says rainfall has been about 70 percent of normal since the end of January, and it isn't aware of any jurisdictions implementing voluntary or mandatory restrictions.