Department of Ecology News Release - October 26, 2015

Grants ease drought hardships on Olympic Peninsula
Port Angeles utility to benefit; reclaimed water boosts Sequim creek flows

OLYMPIA – It’s nearly the end of October with cooler temperatures and some fall rains returning, yet 68 percent of the state still remains in extreme drought.

In an effort to lessen the drought hardships communities are experiencing, the Washington Department of Ecology just approved two more grants.

Drought relief funding will provide a more reliable water supply for customers in a Port Angeles utility district, and put reclaimed water to work augmenting flows in a Sequim creek.

The Washington Department of Ecology has approved a total of 12 grants from the $16 million allocated 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.

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

Contacts:

Dan Partridge, 360-407-7139, @ecologyWA