Department of Ecology News Release - September 16, 2015

Grants fund drought projects from Spokane to Startup
Wenatchee and Kennewick irrigation districts, water haulers to benefit

OLYMPIA –   Drought relief funding will help ease congestion and safety concerns at a water hauling station north of Spokane, improve the water delivery system for a Wenatchee irrigation district and allow the Kennewick Irrigation District to store water for use in really busy times.

In Northwest Washington, the town of Startup is receiving funding for a well rehabilitation project in the latest round of drought relief grants approved by the Washington Department of Ecology.

A total of nine grants 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.

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. Applicants are required to fund half the cost of their projects.

Applications are still being accepted for drought relief projects. More information can be found on the 2015 Drought Emergency Grant Program website.  Projects must be completed by Dec. 31, 2015, and begin providing immediate relief from the drought.  

Contact:

Dan Partridge, communications, 360-407-7139, @ecologyWA