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Report drought related damage
and impacts to fish, wildlife and habitat.
Washington Drought 2015
A lack of snowpack from an unusually warm winter has resulted in drought conditions throughout much of Washington.
A healthy snowpack slowly provides water to rivers and streams, helping to sustain fish through the drier summer months. But, with little or no snowpack, flows in many rivers have dropped significantly and water temperatures have increased – conditions that are lethal to fish.
Wildlife populations also are affected by drought conditions, which can diminish habitat for aquatic species and waterfowl and reduce productivity for a variety of animals, including deer and elk.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is working with the Department of Ecology and other state agencies, the federal government, tribes and conservation groups to respond to the drought and help minimize its impact on fish and wildlife.
For more information on how drought can affect fish and wildlife, click here.
Quillayute River system tributaries to close
Low water and higher than normal water temperatures are causing a delay in migration and increased stress on wild salmon returning to the Quillayute system, making them more vulnerable to fishing pressure.
Update on suction dredging, other activities affected by drought
WDFW has begun to rescind emergency restrictions on suction dredging, mechanical removal of aquatic plants, and fishing in rivers and streams affected by the summer drought. The department expects to repeal restrictions on additional waters as stream conditions improve. Rivers and streams where restrictions are still in effect are listed below.