Here is a response from the Water Resource Program within the WA State Dept. of Ecology.
Ø An area has to be experiencing or projected to experience a water supply that is below 75 percent of normal.
Ø Water users within those areas will likely incur undue hardships as a result of the shortage.
Ø Monitor water supply conditions.
Ø Make assessments about the likely impacts of a drought episode.
Ø Develop programs for addressing the various, identified drought effects.
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Public Information Manager
Ecology Water Resources Program
If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me.
I am researching the Drought in the
This spring several Governors and Mayors have declared their regions to be in a Drought Emergency (the highest warning category).
What is a Drought Emergency?
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture defines Drought Emergency in terms of crop damage.
My question is what constitutes a Drought Emergency in the spring, and if it is based on reservoir, ground and surface water levels, and wildfire forest status what phase of Drought category would follow an Emergency category in the Summer months if rain precipitation is low and water consumption increases?
Thanks for your help.
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