Officials: Storms Make Washington Drought Unlikely

CBS Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — So much rain and snow has fallen across Washington state in recent weeks that there’s little chance of a statewide drought being declared this year, water supply experts said Monday.

“The worries are over for now,” said Dan Partridge, a spokesman for the state Department of Ecology. “Right now, snowpack and stream-flow figures and all the indicators make it pretty certain that we won’t have to worry about any kind of statewide drought.”

The agency convened a group of federal and state officials in February after a relatively dry start to the winter raised concerns about a possible statewide drought. The group met last week and plan to meet again in May.

While a statewide drought declaration isn’t likely, water supply experts say they’re still closely watching dry pockets, including in Lincoln, Douglas and Okanogan counties, where low soil moisture levels could still present headaches for agriculture.

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