Washington state Senate supports drought relief

OLYMPIA – Last Thursday the state Senate unanimously voted to allocate $18 million to the State Drought Preparedness Account, allowing the state Department of Ecology to begin emergency drought response as soon as the bill is approved by the House of Representatives and signed into law.

Sen. Jim Honeyford, chair of the Water Supply Drought Joint Legislative Committee, sponsored Senate Bill 6125 in response to the expanded statewide drought declared by the governor on May 15.

“As lawmakers we need to do everything we can to assist the state’s agricultural community,” said Honeyford (R-Sunnyside).

“I’m hopeful that the House of Representatives will act quickly to get this bill to the governor’s desk.”

To be eligible for funding, municipalities or entities must be connected with a water source that will receive less than 75 percent of normal water supply. Also, the lack of water must cause an undue hardship to the entity or fish or wildlife.


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