Signs of drought appear to be in Western Canada for the long term

The drought is much further advanced south of the border, where California has struggled with a water shortage for four years.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee recently declared a statewide drought emergency.

“We’re really starting to feel the pain from this snowpack drought,” he said in a statement. “Difficult decisions are being made about what crops get priority water and how best to save fish.”

Severe drought exists in 15 of Oregon’s 36 counties. In declaring an emergency this spring, Governor Kate Brown said, “the continuing dry conditions, low snowpack and lack of precipitation have caused natural and economic disaster conditions.”

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