Although Kitsap County has a moderate marine climate, drought conditions can occur. Damage to agricultural products and fish, forest fires can happen. Farming and forestry-related jobs could also be lost. Possible saltwater intrusion into the water table could harm local wells. Drought conditions will increase the need for wildland fire suppression responses. Droughts will also limit the availability of supporting water sources. Based on a recent assessment of Kitsap County, drought is rated a low risk hazard.
What does KCDEM do to address droughts?
The Kitsap Department of Emergency Management (KCDEM) works with public utility districts and water districts on drought emergencies. Projects include:
- Identify cost-effective water conservation measures to develop and put in place.
- Craft policies for the conservation of water during times of water shortage. Craft drought policies for governments, citizens, and businesses.
Want to learn more about mitigation efforts for drought? Read more in the 2019 Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (PDF). Drought information begins on page 136. You can also contact KCDEM via email for details.
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- WA State Drought Conditions (source: WA State Dept of Ecology)
- WA State Drought Contingency Plan (source: WA State Dept of Ecology)
- Water Supply Availability Committee (source: Department of Ecology Committees, Boards, and Workgroups)