Water resources

We manage the state's water supply to meet the needs of people and the natural environment, in partnership with Washington communities. Water availability is increasingly limited in Washington.
We manage the state's water supply to meet the needs of people and the natural environment, in partnership with Washington communities. Water availability is increasingly limited in Washington.

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Why is this drought so wet?
Higher than normal snowpack and one of the wettest springs in recent memory may lead to questions about the current drought declaration. We have answers.
Dam scary words for un-scary dam conditions
Terms like "high hazard" and "poor condition" might sound a little scary when talking about dams. Here's what the terms really mean.
Water conservation, storage & climate change in the Yakima River Basin
Changing climate patterns are prompting water managers to look at conservation and storage in new ways to use every drop wisely in the Yakima River Basin.
The drought declared in 2021 is ongoing
The 2021 drought declaration expires in June, but may be extended. There are some resources available for those who are affected.
Water Law 101 Episode 3
Hydrogeologist Mike Gallagher explains the balancing act that comes from managing water in the midst of competing interest and environmental needs.
Nisqually Tribe wins award for restoration work near Eatonville
Nisqually Tribe wins award for restoration work near Eatonville along Busy Wild Creek and the Mashel River.
Walla Walla Water 2050 enters Phase Two
Both sides of the WA and OR border who call the Walla Walla watershed home are embarking on a new phase to bolster water supplies, now and in years to come.
Washington water outlook
Early March is when water supply managers start getting clarity on water supply conditions for the coming summer across the state.
Water Law 101 Episode 2
Hydrogeologist Mike Gallagher explains why the process of getting a water right can be so daunting to many applicants
Streamflow grant is dam helpful to Snohomish beavers
A 2020 streamflow grant in Snohomish is helping landowners live alongside beavers.

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