Several storms that have pounded the northwest over the past two weeks have resulted in an improved snowpack for the Evergreen State. NRCS’ Scott Pattee told the Washington Ag Network the statewide average has increased to 107%. A considerable jump from the 100% reported to start the month.
“At least over two feet of snow over the three days especially for the Cascades and the Olympics. A little bit less over in the Yakima Basin but that’s to be expected, but still we are still in really good shape.”
Pattee says the water basins across Central and Eastern Washington are in very good shape for this time of year:
- The Upper Columbia/Okanogan is at 122% of average
- The Wenatchee is at 103% of average
- The Upper Yakima is at 98% of average,
- The Lower Yakima is 100% of average
- The Walla Walla is 84% of average
“Really looking at those numbers I just don’t see any problems associated with the water supply this year at this point.”
Pattee said despite those good snowpack numbers, it’s still important for growers to think about water saving steps they can take during the spring and summer months.
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