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2010 Drought

Lowflow in Stream

Last revised: August 26, 2015

Drought Relief Grant Application Status

Current Conditions:

Drought Response:

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)
  • Updated! Northwestern region (Island, King, Kitsap, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties)
  • Southwestern region (Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Mason, Lewis, Pacific, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston and Wahkiakum counties)

Washington Wildfire Resources

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Ecology's Shoreline Permitting for Drought Emergency Projects

Federal Drought Declaration

Farmers in 38 of 39 Washington counties suffering crop losses in the statewide drought are now eligible for low interest emergency loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA on Aug. 19, 2015, declared Clallam County a natural disaster area because of the drought, leaving San Juan County as the only county in which farmers are not eligible for the loans.

Washington Water Exchange





Comparison of Streamflow Maps


Link to Drought Storymap


Link to Drought Photos