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?