Updated Sept. 13, 2021
On July 28, 2021, we adopted an emergency rule, Chapter 173-167 WAC Emergency Drought Funding, which establishes funding to help mitigate the most severe human health, fish health, and agricultural emergencies 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.
On July 14, 2021, a drought emergency was declared for much of the state. Visit the Drought 2021
page for information.
As the state's lead agency for water supplies, we pay close attention to multiple data sources and monitor them closely. The Office of the Washington State Climatologist serves as a credible and expert source of climate and weather information for the state. Their monthly newsletter reviews the previous month’s data and provides an outlook for the coming weeks.
Average August temperatures were above normal for most of Washington, while precipitation varied. Overall, drought conditions stayed constant or worsened across the state. The anticipated La Nina winter is not expected to be enough to restore normal soil moisture in the most impacted areas.
Are you experiencing drought impacts? The National Drought Mitigation Center would like to hear from you. Visit CMOR-drought to complete a short survey that allows the public to enter their observations regarding crops, water supply, fire, etc.
You can join a network of volunteers who help map and track precipitation in the United States and Canada: