WA Drought 2015 Status
On Friday, May 15, Gov. Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought for Washington. Although we have had average to above average precipitation this year, there has been significantly less snowpack due to higher than normal temperatures. This has affected water supplies for irrigation and stream flows that depend on melting snowpack.
The Washington State Legislature allocated $16 million for 2015-17 to help reduce or eliminate hardships from the 2015 statewide drought. Grant and loan applications for public entities can be downloaded on the Department of Ecology drought website. Farmers, ranchers, and small businesses can view USDA Drought Programs and Assistance for relief programs and aid.
2015 News on Agriculture, Irrigation, Water Restrictions and EventsOctober 5. Capital Press Dry weather leads to higher protein levels in some wheat October 5. Tri-City Herald Drought destroys Washington farmer’s pumpkin patch October 5. KUOW.org Remember Washington’s Bad Drought? It’s Still Out There October 1. Dept of Ecology Blog Colleges help lead the way in water conservation September 29. Dept. of Ecology Blog The KID knows how to conserve water! September 28. Daily Record Ag producers don’t want it, don’t want to think about drought September 28. Union-Bulletin State predicts another dry winter September 26. Capital Press Early cranberry harvest shapes up as dry run September 26. Department of Ecology Washington’s historic drought not over yet; Drought predicted to extend into second year September 26. Office of Washington State Climatologist Sept. 24 Weekly Drought Monitoring Report September 25. Cliff Mass Weather Blog Drought in 2016 for Washington State? September 25. Tri-City Herald Experts: Another ‘toasty’ winter, another drought next year September 25. Yakima Herald Officials say drought conditions likely to continue into 2016 September 24. 5280 The Denver Magazine Will the Pacific Northwest Drought Impact Our Beer? September 21. Capital Press Washington irrigation districts get drought-relief grants September 21. Tri-City Herald Dates set for Mid-Columbia irrigation districts to end service September 21. Tri-City Herald KID lifts watering restrictions September 20. Spokane Public Radio SPR Talks Event: Our Water, Our Future
Thursday, September 24 in the Spokane City Hall Council Chambers from 6:30-8:30 p.m.September 18. Dept. of Ecology Blog Drought impacts: Yakima Valley farmers struggle now, wonder about next year September 18. Office of Washington State Climatologist Washington State Weekly Drought Monitoring Report September 15. Capital Press Roza district growers get water a little longer September 15. Tri-City Herald Scientists conduct drought study in 6 western states September 15. Peninsula Daily News Forks implements emergency water restrictions due to well levels September 13. Yakima Herald Yakima water officials: Prepare now for next summer’s drought September 10. Office of Washington State Climatologist Washington State Weekly Drought Monitoring Report September 10. Tri-City Herald Mid-Columbia agencies asked to push water conservation September 8. U.S. Geological Survey Low 2015 Snowpack and River Flows Studied to Provide Insight Into Future Droughts September 4. USDA Secretarial Disaster Designations updated 09.02.15
As of September 2, 2015 All 39 counties in Washington State are designated primary disaster areas and qualify for aid.September 3. Dept. of Ecology Blog What did the rains do for the drought? Not much! September 3. Office of Washington State Climatologist Washington State Weekly Drought Monitoring Report September 3. AgWeatherNet Prosser’s 2015 Summer Crushes Previous Heat Record Set Just Last Year September 1. NWPR Parched Olympic Peninsula Community Eyes New Reservoir August 28. Office of Washington State Climatologist Weekly Drought Monitoring Report Thursday, August 27, 2015 August 26. Dept. of Ecology Blog Lawn care in a drought: brown is the new green August 23. Dept. of Ecology Grants help upgrade water wells, boost irrigation water for crops August 23. Dept. of Ecology Blog Help us tell the story: Half of state in “extreme drought” August 19. USDA Farm Service Agency USDA Offers Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Affected by Fires August 17. WSU Extension, Charles A. Brun Drought Tolerant Landscaping for Washington State August 17. USDA Farm Service Agency Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) August 14. Tri-City Herald Kennewick Irrigation District water users call for Columbia River water rights August 13. United States Drought Monitor 42.51% of Washington in Extreme Drought August 13. Capital Press Unusual drought impacts all of Washington’s farmers August 12. Ecology WA Drought relief Application Status (As of 08.07.15) August 12. Dept. of Ecology Blog Water conservation blog series will help you save water August 11. The Saving Water Partnership Seattle, Everett and Tacoma are asking customers to voluntarily reduce water use by 10 percent August. 11 Tri-City Herald KID customers again allowed to spot water lawns August 11. Dept. of Ecology Blog Drought update: Save Ten August 10. Cliff Mass Weather Blog How to Reduce Water Waste from Sprinklers: The Science of Spray August 10. Tri-City Herald Apple growers expect third-largest harvest, despite drought August 6. Clallam PUD Stage 3 Water Alert for Additional PUD Systems – Follows City of PA’s Declaration August 6. Washington State Climatologist Weekly Drought Monitoring Report August 6, 2015 August 6. Capital Press Earlier drought planning needed, ag director says August 5. USDA 2015 Secretarial Drought Designations – All Drought Updated 08/05/15 August 5. TDN Irrigation system in Kittitas County set for early closure August 4. Clallam County PUD Water Relief For Upper Fairview – Restrictions Reduced to Stage 3 August 3. Bureau of Reclamation Yakima Basin Water Supply – August Forecast August 3. Tri-City Herald How to help your lawn beat the summer heat – Irrigation Specialist, Troy Peters of WSU Extension Explains
August 3. Tri-City Herald Bigger hop harvest expected despite drought August 1. Dept. of Ecology Blog 2015 is shaping up to be the worst of Washington’s statewide droughts July 31. Capital Press ‘Extreme drought’ hits Washington for first time in a decade July 30. Dept. of Ecology Drought restricts water usage in Chehalis basin – Low river flows stop water withdrawal from Chehalis River July 30. Office of Washington State Climatologist Washington State Weekly Drought Monitoring Report – July 30, 2015 July 29. Dept. of Ecology Video 2015 Drought Funding Assistance in Washington State July 29. Dept. of Ecology Blog Washington’s future is parched July 28. CrossCut Snoqualmie Valley farmers fight drought with innovation July 27. Kiro TV Seattle, Everett, Tacoma activate water shortage response plans July 27. Office of the Washington State Climatologist Washington State Weekly Drought Monitoring Report July 23, 2015 July 27. Dept. of Ecology Curtailing irrigation water during a drought July 27. Inland Northwest Permaculture 5th Annual Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence: Permaculture in Drought July 26. Dept. of Ecology Blog Pre-statehood water rights curtailed in the Yakima Basin July 21. Peninsula Daily News Report: Almost 99 percent of state now in ‘severe’ drought July 21. Tri-City Herald Drought dings quality of winter wheat in Northwest July 20. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) Yakima Basin Water Supply – mid-July Forecast July 19. GoSkagit State says drought is so bad every county will qualify for relief funds July 18. Yakima Herald Officials say drought conditions worst in Washington recorded history July 18. Capital Press Severe drought nearly blankets Washington July 18. USDA Secretarial Disaster Designations 2015 Crop Year All Drought -26 Total Counties in Washington as of 7/15/2015 July 18. Capital Press NE Washington declared federal drought disaster area July 17. Capital Press Wenatchee Valley irrigation district reduces water July 14. Tri-City Herald KID eases watering restrictions; CID innovation boosts its water July 13. Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets Tumblr Farmers reactions to Washington state’s 2015 drought July 13. GoSkagit Skagit County to be spared serious water woes, but for how long? July 13 Dept. of Ecology
2015 News on Wildfires, Rivers, and Other Drought-related TopicsOctober 5. Tri-City Herald Drought was rough on sockeye, future could be an upstream battle September 29. The Olympian Dramatic climate shifts require attention to forests, water September 28. NPR Fall Brings No Relief To The West As Wildfires Worsen September 24. Seattle Times Columbia River water levels hit 6-year low September 15. Northwest Treaty Tribes How Treaty Tribes Are Responding to the Drought September 14. Central Washington Fire Recovery Floodwatch Preparation September 8. WSU New Wildfire Recovery Website September 3. GoSkagit State lifts some drought-related fishing restrictions August 31. US Army Corps of Engineers Lakes Washington, Union lowest in 28 years August 29. Dept. of Ecology Blog WCC Fish Response: Crews help fish battle the drought August 28. Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
-Snoqualmie River fishing hours restricted -Areas of Sauk River closed to fishing in response to drought conditionsAugust 26. NorthWest Treaty Tribes How Real-Time Data Helps The Nisqually Tribe Protect Salmon August 25. GoSkagit Marblemount hatchery doing better than most August 25. Cliff Mass Weather Blog A Great Source for Northwest Smoke Forecasts August 23. The Columbian Water temperatures ease, but drought persists August 19. GoSkagit Drought prompts more rule changes for region’s rivers August 17. GoSkagit Drinking water levels may be dropping sight unseen during drought August 17. Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Drought conditions prompt WDFW to limit suction dredging, other activities in rivers August 10. Tri-City Herald Heat causes fish to die at Whatcom Falls hatchery August 8. Komo News How dry is it? Sprinkler system set up in Olympic rain forest August 3. Dept. of Ecology Drought conditions prompt changes in Lake Osoyoos levels; More water will be stored now to support Okanogan River flows in the fall August 3. Dept. of Ecology Air Quality Monitoring Network
July 30. Dept of Ecology Blog Puget Sound waters left sweltering after double punch from the drought and the Blob July 30. GoSkagit So far so good for state fish hatcheries in Skagit County – Heat, disease kills 1.5M fish around state July 29. King5 State diverts river to help salmon July 29. GoSkagit Puget Sound waters reach record warm temperatures July 28. Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife WDFW takes steps to reduce effects of drought at fish hatcheries July 27. Seattle Times Snowpack drought has salmon dying in overheated rivers July 23. NWPR NW Fish Survival Tested By Warm Waters And Low Stream Flows July 19. USGS Map of Monthly Streamflow Compared to Historical Streamflow for the Month of the Year
July 18. Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Drought prompts fishing moratorium for sturgeon on Columbia, Snake rivers July 17. Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Drought conditions prompt fishing closures, restrictions on numerous rivers (To take effect Saturday (July 18) at 12:01 a.m) July 14. Yakima Herald State could close some rivers to fishing due to drought July 12. GoSkagit Burn bans expand across Western Washington July 6. Tri-City Herald Yakima River fish fighting for survival with drought July 6. NWPR Driest June On Record For Wettest Part Of Washington June 29. FIRE PROTECTION BUREAU Fireworks Ban or Restricted Sales/Use by County and City (BANNED in many Cities Across Washington) June 26. Governor Jay Inslee Governor Inslee and Commissioner of Public Lands Goldmark take steps to reduce wildfire risk June 26. WA State Dept. of Natural Resources DNR EXPANDS BURN BAN TO INCLUDE WESTERN WASHINGTON (Hot And Dry Conditions Increasing Fire Danger Statewide) June 26. King 5 News Fish stranded in Puyallup River due to low water levels June 20. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Drought affecting how Corps officials manage Chittenden Locks June 17. Washington Trails Association Wildfire Season Arrives: Thunder Creek Closures, Fire Safety Tips June 11. Spokesman-Review B.C. reservoirs will help aid Northwest during drought June 9. Skagit Valley Herald Drought brings low flows early to Spokane River June 9. United States Environmental Protection Agency Conserving Water June 5. WA Dept. of Ecology Blog Rapidly declining stream and river flows are telling the story of our drought June 1. King 5 News Whitewater rafting businesses adapt to slow rivers May 29. Cliff Mass Weather Blog Drought Misinformation May 19. Earth Observatory NASA Diminished Snow Pack in the Pacific Northwest (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer Images) May 19. The Utilities and Transportation Commission Effective Water Conservation May 18. Tri-City Herald Expect dry fountains, brown lawns on Capitol Campus this summer May 15. Western Governors’ Association Drought Update: California desalination rules, Washington fishery concerns May 12. Washington’s ‘snow drought’ puts fisheries at risk May 11. Disaster Safety.Org Protect Your Property from Wildfire May 4. Dept. of Ecology La conservación del agua: Comienza contigo April 22. Washington Energy Services 10 Easy Steps You Can Take Towards Water Conservation April 22. Tri -City Herald Yakima Basin drought becomes a reality April 20. WA DNR DNR Offering Wildfire Preparation Info for Communities March 30. Dept. of Ecology Forecast: Dust storms and wildfires ahead for Central and Eastern Washington