Department of Ecology News Release - August 21, 2015

UPDATED 9/3/15: The sixth paragraph of this news release has been updated to reflect the new status of the Icicle Irrigation District drought relief grant

Grants help upgrade water wells, boost irrigation water for crops
Moxee’s water system, irrigation districts in Wenatchee and Cashmere to receive drought relief funding

OLYMPIA – Emergency funding will go to support three more drought-relief projects in Central Washington. The money will help pay for upgrading two of Moxee’s municipal water wells, fund additional diversion pumps for the Lower Stemilt Irrigation District in Wenatchee, and help the Icicle Irrigation District in Cashmere draw additional water from Eight Mile Lake.

“These projects will improve a town’s water supply, and bring water just in time to help save cherries, apples and pears in this relentless drought,” said Tom Loranger, Water Resources program manager for the Washington Department of Ecology.

Ecology’s grants will help pay half the cost of each project. The projects selected were:   

 A total of six drought-relief projects have been approved for funding from the $16 million approved by the 2015 Legislature to use over the next two years to help relieve drought hardships statewide. On Aug. 10, grants were announced for the Stevens County Public Utility District in Eastern Washington, the Kennewick Irrigation District in Central Washington and the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe on the Olympic Peninsula.

Gov. Jay Inslee made the entire state eligible for drought relief funding when he declared a statewide drought May 15. Public entities such as cities, public utilities and irrigation districts can get help paying for developing alternative water supplies or deepening existing groundwater wells.

Application forms and information on qualifications for drought relief grants are available on Ecology’s website: 2015 Drought Emergency Grant Program.


Dan Partridge, communications, 360-407-7139