On April 4, 2019, we issued an emergency order declaring drought in three watersheds in Washington. On May 20, we added 24 watersheds, putting about half of the state under a drought declaration. The drought declaration will be effective until April 3, 2020.
Grants will be awarded on an eligibility basis as funds are available. Grants are not considered open competitive.
Funding is available for the following entities:
State, county or city governmental agencies
Public utility districts, formed under Chapter 54.04 RCW
Water and sewer districts, formed under Chapter 57.02 RCW
Conservation districts, formed under Chapter 89.08 RCW
Irrigation districts, formed under Chapter 87.03 RCW
Port districts, formed under Chapter 53.04 RCW
Watershed management partnerships, formed under Chapter 39.34.200 RCW
To be eligible for funding, one or more of the following must be partially or completely within the area of a drought declaration order by Ecology:
The public water system’s service area.
The geographic area where irrigated agriculture or livestock are located.
The source of water, or the water body, that supplies water to the entity applying for funding.
The reduction in water supply caused by drought must cause, or will cause, undue hardship, as described under WAC 173-167-120.
Cost-share funds of at least 50 percent are required, unless the applicant qualifies for an exemption from this requirement under WAC 173-167-030(3).
Chapter 173-167 Emergency Drought Funding
Drought Relief Grant Projects
Drought Relief Grant Applications