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Washington Water Watch – September

A LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Hello! As summer fades into fall we are (finally!) getting some rain, though the state is still experiencing drier-than-normal weather. It will take a lot of rain to make up for the current drought…

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Summer 2023 Drought in Washington

RCW 43.83B.011(2)"Drought condition" means that the water supply for a geographic area, or for a significant portion of a geographic area, is below seventy-five percent of normal, and the water shortage is likely to create undue hardships for water users…

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Washington Water Watch – Summer 2023

FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Summer is in full swing, and thankfully we are being spared from the excessive heat plaguing most of the world right now. But because of the unusually dry spring we had most of the state is…

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Ecology Declares Drought in 12 Counties

Washington Department of Ecology Declares Drought in 12 Counties Early snowmelt, a lack of spring rain, and low streamflows have prompted Ecology to declare a drought emergency  for 12 watersheds in parts of Skagit, Whatcom, Clallam, Kittitas, Yakima, Snohomish, Jefferson,…

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Nooksack River to Close for Tubing to Save Salmon

The Whatcom County Council has voted to ban floating the shallow Nooksack River beginning July 25 in a bid to leave endangered Chinook salmon unperturbed as they ready for migration. Floating the Nooksack on inner tubes is a summer tradition…

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Ecology Updates Water Status for the State

On July 5, 2023, The Washington Department of Ecology issued a statewide drought advisory. The warmest May on record, coupled with an abnormally dry spring and early summer, has resulted in quickly declining water supplies and have prompted the Department…

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