The Washington Department of Ecology announced that it is offering $1.8 million in grants to increase local communities’ drought preparedness.
The grant funding will support communities developing drought preparedness plans aimed at increasing drought resiliency and water supply security. These plans will identify the actions, costs, and timeframes a local community must deal with to increase its water supply security.
“The climate is changing and we’re seeing very real impacts, not only on our current water supplies, but on our state’s future water security,” said Ria Berns, Ecology’s Water Resources program manager. “It’s time to invest in helping our local communities prepare for and deal with the impacts of a changing climate – and help them build water security for generations to come.”
Ecology will begin accepting applications Jan. 16, 2024, with plans to issue the grants by next summer.
Those eligible to apply for the grants include, county or city governmental agencies, federally-recognized tribes, public utility districts, water and sewer districts and conservation districts.
There are also plans to host an online applicant workshop Jan.9. A recording of the workshop will be made available for those who are unable to attend.
More information, and instructions to sign up for the applicant workshop, are available on the Department of Ecology’s drought planning and preparation grants webpage.