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Governor's drought action affects county


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STATE DROUGHT MAP: This map shows areas affected by the governor's new drought emergency declaration.

Worsening drought and snowpack conditions in Washington prompted Gov. Inslee to expand the state's drought emergency Friday. Nearly half the state is now expected to experience hardships from this year's drought.

With more snow lost than added over the past month, runoff from snowmelt this summer is projected to be the lowest on record in 64 years. Snowmelt feeds rivers and streams, and in turn provides critical water supply for farms and fish.

"This is an ongoing emergency and we're going to have some long, hard months ahead of us," Inslee said. "We're moving quickly so that we're prepared to provide relief to farms and fish this summer."

Rep. Gina McCabe (R-Goldendale) added her concer...

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