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Posted on: July 16, 2021

Department of Ecology declares drought emergency

On 7/14/21, the Washington Department of Ecology declared a drought emergency for most of the state, including Klickitat County. This declaration follows a historically dry spring and summer.

A drought emergency means water supply is projected to be below 75 percent of average, and there is a risk of undue hardship to water users and uses. A formal drought declaration authorizes Ecology to take certain measures for the purpose of providing emergency drought relief:

  • Expedite processing for emergency drought permits.
  • Process temporary transfers of water rights.
  • Provide funding assistance for public entities (municipalities, irrigation districts, PUDs, etc).
  • Hold public education workshops.

What actions should citizens take?

Read Ecology's drought emergency news release
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