Lack of rain prompts drought fears
By J. David McSwane
SARASOTA - Fears of a return to drought conditions are stirring among water resource managers as reservoirs, rivers and aquifers fall amid an exceptionally dry season and rising use by residents.
With a below average chance of rainfall expected in the three-month forecast, Sarasota and Manatee County aquifers and rivers are slowing falling ahead of the beginning of the usual rainy season in June, which will need to bring ample rain to allay drought conditions next year.
Still, no additional water restrictions have been imposed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District, which includes Sarasota, Manatee and most of Charlotte County.