Dubbed the "Wood Fiesta," large wood is being helicoptered into remote and rugged terrain and placed in streams and floodplains to help improve habitat for native fish species.
Warm water is becoming all too common in the summer months. So much so, that we have teams floating the river to document refuges of cooler water.
Months of unusually warm and dry weather continue to put pressure on the state’s rivers and streams.
70 percent of the state is abnormally dry, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
The U.S. Drought Monitor map classifies much of the region as experiencing moderate drought-like conditions.
NOAA is forecasting summer to be even drier and warmer than normal, so dry conditions are likely to persist until the fall rains return.
Our Watershed Health field crews will be out in six counties in Northeast Washington collecting samples from rivers and streams through October for the first time since 2012.
The western and southern part of the state is abnormally dry with some areas showing moderately drought-like conditions.
In April, water managers announced a 100 percent water supply for Yakima irrigators this season. They optimistically predicted all water users were set.
The state worked closely with numerous partners to develop the marine spatial plan which contains policies to protect sensitive ecological areas and fisheries.
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