Chapter 173-167 WAC

On June 4, 2019, we adopted an emergency rule, Chapter 173-167 WAC – Emergency Drought Funding, which establishes funding to public entities to implement projects and measures that alleviate undue hardship caused by drought conditions negatively affecting:
  • The delivery of safe and reliable drinking water supplies.
  • The survival of fish and wildlife.
  • The viability of agricultural activities and livestock operations.
The 2019 Legislature appropriated $2 million for drought response. This rule describes eligibility criteria and funding limitations.

Rulemaking timeline


Emergency Rule Adoption (CR-103E)

The Department of Ecology adopted a new emergency rule, Chapter 173-167 WAC, Emergency Drought Funding. The rule was adopted June 4, 2019 and will expire Oct. 2, 2019 (120 days)

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