On April 17, 2015 Governor Jay Inslee declared a drought in 13 additional river basins in Washington state. The drought declarations bring the total number of Washington’s watersheds in drought emergencies to 24, 44 percent of the total area of the state. See updates here.
Here are resources to conserve water by the use of rain barrels at home:
- Sightline Institute, “Legalizing It (Your Rain Barrel)”
- Skagit County PUD Rain Barrel Program
- Northwest Rain Solutions is a company that helps people to set up rain water conservation systems, they are located in Bellingham
- Skagit Farmer’s Supply sells 50 gallon food grade rain barrels, those with spigots and those without. Those with one spigot sell for $39, those with two sell for $42. Those with no spigots are also $39. Skagit Farmer’s Supply, now blended with Ace Hardware, also sells all the parts to place a spigot onto any food grade barrel. Contact a store nearest to you. Locations in Sedro Woolley, Mount Vernon, Burlington, and Stanwood
- Rain gardens. Resources for creating one in your yard. Great website.
Other websites of interest regarding drought:
- Climate Impacts Resource Consortium
- The National Integrated Drought Information System
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
–from Callie Martin, Skagit County Waste Reduction/Recycling Education Specialist