A state-wide emergency has been declared in Washington State because of water shortages
Low snowpack levels south of the border are expected to cost Washington’s agriculture industry more than a billion dollars this year.
Dan Partridge with the Department of Ecology says snowpack levels are only at 16 per cent of where they should be.
“It’s at historic lows. That is our primary source of surface water. The entire state meets the criteria for a state-wide drought declaration.”
Partridge says farmers now have access to emergency funds to help them cope.
Heavy crop losses expected
Hector Castro with the Department of Agriculture says some crop losses will be as high as 50 per cent.
“Coping with this kind of a situation’s one of the reasons that farming and ranching is such a tough business. Farmers take a lot of risks to make sure that they provide the food and the product that we all enjoy and eat. This is something that really brings home to most of us just how tough a business this can be.”
No cause for concern in BC, yet
Meteorologist Matt McDonald says the situation in B.C. is much better.
“Environment Canada’s working in collaboration with the River Forecast Centre and we’re monitoring those conditions as they evolve.”
BC’s drought map shows no extremely dry areas now, but that could change as the weather warms up.