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Funding now available for drought relief


Public agencies experiencing hardships related to drought conditions may now be eligible for funds to ease drought-related effects.

Effective immediately, the Washington Department of Ecology is accepting applications for grants. Public agencies, such as towns or irrigation districts, can apply for up to $350,000 which must be matched by the applicant. The grants could be used for projects such as emergency standby wells for rural communities, or help for hatcheries to maintain cool clean water for fish.

The 2019 Legislature appropriated $2 million for drought response.

"This funding is meant to help our communities be more resilient," said Mary Verner, Ecology's Water Resources Program...

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