Water Resources Drought Response Grants (Washington)

Type: 
Funding
Event Date: 
Grant Deadline: 
10/02/2019
Organization: 
Department of Ecology, State of Washington
Description: 

Washington Governor Jay Inslee expanded the state’s drought emergency, which now includes 27 watersheds — nearly half the state. On June 4, the Washington State Department of Ecology began accepting applications for grants to help those experiencing hardships related to the drought emergency.

Here's the latest as of June 19: Looking at the 7-day average, more than half of the rivers in the state are showing streamflows in the bottom 10 percent of flows measured for this time of year. Daytime temperatures in the Yakima River are reaching 80 degrees F., which becomes a thermal block for fish movement.

Category: 
drought, emergency response
Funding Amount: 
$350,000
Matching Funds: 
50% of the total cost of the project

Geography:

Eligibility: 
Federally Recognized Tribes are included as eligible applicants. Eligible Projects- 1. To be eligible for funding, one or more of the following must be partially or completely within the area of a drought declaration order by Ecology: (a) The public water system’s service area. (b) The geographic area where irrigated agriculture or livestock are located. (c) The source of water, or the water body, that supplies water to the entity applying for funding. 2. The reduction in water supply caused by drought must cause, or will cause, undue hardship, as described under WAC 173-167-120. 3. Cost-share funds of at least 50 percent are required, unless the applicant qualifies for an exemption from this requirement under WAC 173-167-030(3).
Contact Information: 
Jeff Marti- Drought Relief Grant Projects, jeff.marti@ecy.wa.gov, 360-407-6627; Rose Bennett- Drought Relief Grant Applications, rose.bennett@ecy.wa.gov, 360-407-6027