SJC Farming Community-
Last week, a drought emergency order was issued for almost the entire state of Washington, including San Juan County, after the state received less than 75% of its normal precipitation over the previous 90 days. The Department of Ecology is authorized to process emergency water right requests for those who already have water rights. Applications for emergency water permits or temporary transfers of water rights are available by calling the DOE’s Northwest Regional Office help desk: 206-594-0193.
Read more about the declaration here: July 14 2021 Drought Declaration WA State Dept of Ecology
If you think you may qualify for federal assistance, visit USDA’s disaster assistance discovery tool. You can also visit WSDA’s drought information webpage for more details on available resources.
Contact local FSA office for disaster assistance eligibility:
Mount Vernon Farm Service Agency Office
Susan Chamberlain susan.ch...@usda.gov
Find drought advisory publications from WSU here: https://pubs.extension.wsu.edu/search?q=drought
Let me know if I can help you find information for specific management issues.
Agriculture Program Coordinator
WSU Extension | San Juan County
office | 360.370.7664
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