Water Supply Update — time to start thinking about water supplies in 2024

Get used to the words “warm and dry” If you are reading this, odds are good it’s raining. For some reason, anytime we publish a blog about drought, it rains. (And, sure enough, there is rain in the forecast across much of Washington this week.) Don’t be fooled. Your lawn may be soaking up a […]

Reclamation begins Yakima Project “Flip-Flop” Operations

Public should exercise increased caution around Yakima basin rivers https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/news-release/4602?filterBy=region&region=Columbia-Pacific%20Northwest Media Contact: Marc Ayalin 208-378-6203 mayalin@usbr.gov For Release: Aug 15, 2023

Ecology declares drought emergency in 12 counties

OLYMPIA  – Early snowmelt, a lack of spring rain and low streamflows have prompted the Washington Department of Ecology to declare a drought emergency for watersheds in 12 counties throughout the state. Counties affected by the drought declaration include Benton, Clallam, Columbia, Jefferson, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, Skagit, Snohomish, Walla Walla, Whatcom and Yakima. The rest of […]

Reclamation releases Yakima basin July water supply forecast

Media Contact: Marc Ayalin 208-378-6203 mayalin@usbr.gov For Release: Jul 6, 2023 https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/news-release/4575?filterBy=region&region=Columbia-Pacific%20Northwest YAKIMA, Wash. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s July 2023 water supply forecast for the Yakima basin indicates the water supply would provide senior water rights 100% of entitlements and junior water rights 72% of entitlements for the June–September total available water supply. Prorationing began June 1 and will apply […]

Statewide Drought Advisory Issued for Washington

https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Who-we-are/News/2023/5-July-Statewide-drought-advisory-issued-for-Washi Dry, warm conditions in late spring lead to early runoff and water supply concerns OLYMPIA – The warmest May on record coupled with an abnormally dry spring and early summer have resulted in quickly declining water supplies and have prompted the Department of Ecology to issue a statewide drought advisory. “Our warm weather arrived a few […]

Reclamation releases Yakima basin mid-June water supply forecast

Media Contact: Marc Ayalin 208-378-6203 mayalin@usbr.gov For Release: Jun 16, 2023 YAKIMA, Wash. – The Bureau of Reclamation has performed a special mid-June evaluation of the total water supply available forecast for the Yakima basin. The June–September total water supply available provides senior water rights 100% of entitlements and junior water rights 73% of entitlements (a decline from 77%). Prorationing began […]

Farming Still Crucial to Basin Employment

https://columbiabasinherald.com/news/2023/mar/22/farming-still-crucial-basin-employment/ Don Meseck, left, a labor economist for the Washington State Department of Employment Security. Meseck is responsible for monitoring employment data and trends in seven Central Washington counties. Patrick Jones, right, an economist at Eastern Washington University and executive director of the Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis, which works closely with the […]