OLYMPIC PENINSULA DROUGHT IS UNPRECEDENTED
National Public Radio featured some of our local leaders, including Clallam Conservation District vice-chair Ben Smith discussing the area drought response on Morning Edtion.
The wildfire threat is looking to be severe. Although now isn't the time to install a Firewise landscape, there are other things you can do to protect your home from wildfire. See our Spring Newsletter for more tips on preparing for drought.
Perhaps this year's drought is the inspiration you need to renovate your landscape and turn it into a low water-demand landscape. Begin planning now for fall planting. Start sheet composting areas of lawn to convert to more water-wise plantings. And maybe replace some of your lawn with hardscapes like patio areas and pathways. Check out our suggested list of water-wise plants.
Olympic Mountain snowpack has been at zero percent of normal since early May. Summer stream flows are projected to be less than 50 percent of average, but as of mid-June, the Dungeness River is running at less than a quarter of normal flow. Track Dungeness River and Elwha River flows on the USGS websites.
Information on the state's drought response for the Olympic Peninsula can be found on the Department of Ecology Drought Site.
PIC PLAN UPDATE
The PIC Plan is complete and is available for download here. Hard copies are also available at our office. Clallam County Environmental Health & Human Services will begin implementing a PIC pilot project in spring 2015. Stay tuned for more information!
HAY & SOIL PROBES NOW AVAILABLE FOR CHECK-OUT
Clallam County residents can now borrow our hay and soil probes. See our Soil Testing page for details.