Department of Ecology News Release - November 13, 2015

Drought relief funds benefit water haulers, orchards
Grants help pay for Skagit water filling stations, Yakima basin irrigation well

OLYMPIA – Despite all the wind and rain hitting Western Washington right now, many communities are still dealing with the aftermath of Washington’s worst drought ever. To help provide relief, the Washington Department of Ecology continues to send grant funding to hard-hit areas.

Two projects recently approved for funding from Ecology’s drought relief grants program   are a water filling station to aid people with failing wells in Skagit County and an emergency irrigation well in Yakima County.

The recipients, grant amounts and the projects funded are:

Ecology has approved 14 grants for a total of $1.036 million from the $16 million allocated by the 2015 Legislature to use over two years to help relieve drought hardships statewide. The Skagit County and Yakima basin projects are the last ones funded this year by the grants program. Cities, public utilities and irrigation districts could cover half the cost of eligible drought relief projects through the program. Completion of projects is required by Dec. 31, 2015. Ecology will renew the grants program next year if the drought extends into 2016.

Gov. Jay Inslee made public entities in the entire state eligible for drought relief funding when he declared a statewide drought May 15. More information can be found on the Drought Emergency Grant Program website.  

Contact:

Dan Partridge, 360-407-7139, @ecologyWA