Drought 2021-2022

Feb. 15, 2022

We issued an Order and Determination of Drought Conditions on July 24, 2021.  As we enter the critical time of the year, water supply forecasts for the summer months provide more certainty. We are monitoring conditions to determine if the drought order should lapse or be extended for all or portions of the original declaration area. The order will expire on June 1, 2022, unless we decide to extend it, with the concurrence of the Governor’s Office.

While the drought order is in effect, we will accept applications for emergency water right permits pursuant to WAC 173-166.  Presently, this does not include requests for emergency wells in the Yakima Basin for pro-rated users receiving water from the Yakima Project.  The Bureau of Reclamation will be releasing an official water supply forecast on March 3, 2022.  

Before applying for any emergency drought permit or any watershed within the current declaration area, we encourage you to contact your nearest Ecology Region Office.

Read the list of counties and watersheds


Listen to frequently asked questions about the 2021 drought in Washington or read the transcript.