NESPELEM- With Washington Governor Jay Inslee declaring a drought across the state in April, Washington State University Extension and WSU Agricultural Weather Network Program have launched a new website to help educate the public on drought preparation.

The site shares timely updates and water conservation information to help state residents and farmers in planning and reacting to dry weather.

It also lists research-based publications, drought updates, useful links and news on drought-related issues. News topics discussed include conservation tips for the home and garden, irrigation management, forestry, crops and livestock.

The site’s Drought Basics page informs readers of what happens in a drought.

The site also lists links to the Washington Drought Twitter feed, where readers can sign up to follow updates, and to AgWeatherNet, which operates 160 automated weather stations in Washington and Oregon.

AgWeatherNet Director Gerrit Hoogenboom commented, “We are all dependent on our waters. The long range weather outlook continues to suggest enhanced odds of a warmer and perhaps drier than normal conditions for Washington through early 2016.”

Visitors can view the site at http://drought.wsu.edu

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