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Drought monitor map for WA showing the west half of the state as Abnormally Dry with moderately drought-like conditions.

Watching Washington’s water supply

Parts of the state (mostly southwest Washington) are experiencing moderate drought-like conditions. However, storage reservoirs for drinking water and irrigation are in good shape. (July 13 blog)

News stories

Don't let ground-level ozone ruin your summer fun​

July 13 blog – We keep a close eye on ground-level ozone levels around the state and issue advisories when rising levels could affect people’s health. Learn what ground-level ozone is, what it can do to your health, how you can help prevent it, and know when levels are unhealthy.

Sooes Beach in Clallam County is closed to water contact recreation

July 13 blog – A no water contact health advisory was issued for Sooes Beach in Clallam County due to high levels of fecal bacteria. The beach will be sampled again next week to see if bacteria levels decreased. Avoid contact with the water until further notice.

Cline Spit County Park in Clallam County is now open for swimming & water recreation

July 11 blog – Clallam County Health and Human Services has re-opened Cline Spit County Park to water recreation. The beach had been under a water quality advisory because of elevated levels of fecal bacteria.

Contractor fined $13,000 for construction site stormwater violations in Bremerton

July 11 news release – The builder of an East Bremerton housing development faces a $13,000 penalty for failing to keep muddy water from draining off the construction site into nearby storm drains and waterways.

Bay View State Park Beach is open to water contact recreation

July 9 blog – Bay View State Park beach in Skagit County is open for swimming and other water recreation. Recent sampling showed that fecal bacteria levels were low and safe for swimming.

River and stream health in Northeastern Washington​

July 6 blog – Our scientists in Northeastern Washington are collecting fish, bugs, stream flow information, and more from rivers and streams. Data is used to assess watershed health and in the State of Salmon report.

Cleaning up: Taking it to the streets in Everett

July 5 blog –  Detours will be in place as we clean up lead and arsenic from the former Everett Smelter. We'll remove contaminated soil under East Marine View Drive at the intersection with Riverside Road, and part of the interchange with SR529/North Broadway.

Washington Conservation Corps pathway to environmental careers now open

July 3 news release – Ecology is now recruiting for 300 environmental positions across the state in the Washington Conservation Corps (WCC).  The full-time AmeriCorps positions offer young adults and military veterans a range of opportunities to gain hands-on experience.


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