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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 will affect water supplies for irrigation and stream flows that depend on melting snowpack throughout the summer and early fall.

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2015 Agriculture and Irrigation News
May 29. Yakima Herald State Senate passes drought relief bill
May 29. Capital Press Growers cope with Roza shutdown
May 25. Dept. of Ecology Yakima junior water users: Workshop on water permits held Thursday, May 28
May 25. WSU News El Nino bad for Washington drought, good for California
May 23. Bureau of Reclamation Yakima Basin Water Supply Mid-May Forecast
May 20.  Tri-City Herald Kennewick Irrigation District customers to move to mandatory watering schedule
May 19. United States Dept. Of Agriculture USDA to Expand Investment in Water Conservation, Resilience across Drought-Stricken States
May 19. Yakima Herald Inslee calls statewide drought emergency; economic losses estimated at $1 billion
May 15. Washington Governor  Governor declares statewide drought emergency
May 15. Dept. Of Ecology 2015 Yakima River Basin Emergency Drought Authorization (Forms to Download)
May 12. NWPR More Northwest Mountains Are Snow-Free Already As Drought Deepens
May 12. NWPR Drought Forces Large Group Of Yakima Valley Farmers To Turn Off The Spigot
May 11. Dept. of Ecology Important decision coming up next week on state’s expanding drought
 May 6. Yakima Herald Roza Irrigation District to shut down for at least 2 weeks to save water

May 6. Tri-City Herald Roza to shut canal system off Monday to save water

May 5. Yakima Herald Yakima Basin water supply outlook worsens again 

May 5. Bureau of Reclamation Yakima Basin Water Supply – May Forecast Released

May 4. Dept. of Ecology Continued warm, dry weather increases drought concerns across Washington 

April 28. Tri-City Herald Roza moves to lease water to lessen hit of Yakima Basin drought

April 27. King 5 News Yakima farmers already feeling drought impact

April 21. Bureau of Reclamation Yakima Basin Water Supply – Mid-April Forecast Released

April 20. NWPR Drought Declaration Expanded In Washington State, Coming Soon In Oregon 
April 20. Washington Governor Governor Inslee expands drought emergency to include more of Washington
 April 14. Department of Ecology Drought committee adds to list of areas at risk for water shortages
April 11. Daily Record News Water to some irrigators cut to 60 percent
April 11. Daily Record News Dept. of Ecology wants to lease water from irrigators 
April 8. Daily Record News Kittitas Reclamation District plans irrigation water delivery limits

 Other Drought-Related News
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