Last revised: October 1, 2015
Historic drought keeps grip on state; preparations begin now for second
year of drought as low snowpack is forecast in 2016
Despite recent rains and some boost for stream flows, extreme drought
two-thirds of Washington state.
Washington Drought 2015
- Media Briefing Photos in Flickr 09/24/2015
- The drought’s biggest
impacts have been to farming and fish habitat but more recently cities and
towns have turned to voluntary or mandatory water use restrictions to save
water through the winter.
- As the irrigation season comes to an
end, crop losses are reported statewide and orchards are languishing in some
areas producing low yields and smaller fruit.
- El Nino is forecast to bring higher than normal
temperatures and below normal snowpack through the winter
requiring drought response preparations to begin now for
Washington's historic drought not over yet, Drought
predicted to extend into second year - 09/24/2105
Ecology News Release
Ecology is authorized to issue emergency drought permits.
Contact the closest regional office
Issues and drought relief work in Ecology’s four regions:
Central Region (Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan and Yakima counties)
Eastern Region (Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla and Whitman counties)
Region (Island, King, Kitsap, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties)
Southwest Region (Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Mason, Lewis, Pacific, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston and Wahkiakum counties)
Additional drought response information for:
Drought Relief Grant Application and