As drought deepens, no declaration planned in Washington

From the Capital Press

The Washington Department of Ecology has no plans to move forward with declaring a drought, as Eastern Washington bakes and wheat farmers harvest smaller crops.

Ecology drought coordinator Jeff Marti acknowledged Friday that dry-land wheat farmers are being “hammered” by the second-driest spring in state history followed by heat waves.

A drought declaration, however, won’t bring water to non-irrigated farmland, he said. “I want to make sure that if we do declare drought, it is to accomplish something and be an actual benefit.” Read the rest of the article here.

The letter WAWG sent to the governor can be seen here.