Drought relief money is now available across the state as hardships from water shortages really begin to mount for farms and fish.
With a $16 million appropriation from the Legislature, the Washington Department of Ecology is accepting grant applications for public projects to help relieve hardships arising from the drought. These funds can be used over the next two years to help protect public health and safety from effects of the drought, and reduce economic or environmental impacts from water shortages.
"Our communities, farms and fish are quite literally feeling the heat from this drought," said Ecology Director Maia Bellon. "We now have money and a grant program in place to fund projects that can bring immediate and even long-term relief."
The drought funding will help support projects that ensure reliable public water supplies, augment water supplies for farmers, and rescue or preserve fish runs in streams.
Director Bellon signed a drought emergency funding rule to make grant money available to public entities such as cities, public utilities and irrigation districts.
See this and other drought related information on the Washington Drought 2015 webpage.