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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

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

Hot Weather Watering Tips

With the hot weather KID encourages its water users to follow these watering tips:

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

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

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

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

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,

National Ag Day – Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, please contact: Jennifer Pickett jennyp@nama.org (913) 491-1895 2023 National Ag Day Agriculture Council of America Announces 2023 National Ag Day Date & Theme  Leawood, KS – The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) will host National Agriculture Day on March 21, 2023. This will mark

Reclamation announces Yakima basin March water supply forecast

Media Contact: Brittany Jones 986-226-1467 bjones@usbr.gov For Release: Mar 9, 2023 YAKIMA, Wash. – The Bureau of Reclamation’s March 2023 total water supply available forecast for the Yakima basin indicates the water supply will be adequate to meet irrigation demands this season.  The early estimate of the total water supply available for the April-September period

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