Drought 2022

May 26, 2022

We amended the Order and Determination of Drought Conditions originally issued July 24, 2021, and set to expire on June 1, 2022. Overall, the area classified as Drought Emergency status is being reduced from approximately 96 percent to 9 percent of the state.

  • The amended order lifts the emergency drought declaration for all areas of the state except for five watersheds in Eastern Washington.
  • The remainder of Eastern Washington east of the Cascade foothills to the border with Idaho is downgraded to Drought Advisory Status.
  • No portion of the Cascade Mountains or Western Washington is in either Drought Emergency or Drought Advisory Status.

For those watersheds still in drought emergency status, and while the drought order is in effect, we will accept applications for emergency water right permits pursuant to WAC 173-166. Before applying for any emergency drought permit in any watershed within the current declaration area, we encourage you to contact your nearest Ecology Regional Office.

Read the list of watersheds