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Water emergency touches on County

 

With snowpack at historic lows, rivers dwindling and irrigation districts cutting off water to farmers, Gov. Jay Inslee Friday declared a statewide drought for Washington.

"We're really starting to feel the pain from this snowpack drought," Inslee said. "Impacts are already severe in several areas of the state. Difficult decisions are being made about what crops get priority water and how best to save fish."

The Washington Department of Agriculture is projecting a $1.2 billion crop loss this year as a result of the drought.

To protect crops in the state's most productive agricultural region-the Yakima Basin-irrigation districts are turning off water for weeks at a time to try to extend wa...



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