Drought

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Mercer Slough Oct. 2017.JPG
 

Droughts transpire when winters are warm and dry and there is little mountain snowpack, or when summers are especially dry and hot leading to a lack of moisture. Droughts should become more common with our climate shifting to warmer winters and drier summers.
 

Droughts can result in a variety of consequences in our environment, communities and everyday lives. Some of the specific impacts that can result from a drought include loss of wildlife habitat, poor soil quality, health problems, wildfires, and even loss of life.
 

If a drought warning is issued always observe state and local restrictions on water use. For example, do not wash your car, water your lawn or pursue other non-essential water uses. Taking short showers instead of baths, storing drinking water in the refrigerator, avoiding using running water to thaw meats, and using a commercial car wash that recycles water are some ways to ease water use during a drought.

Pictograms

What should you do when there is extreme heat? The pictograms on this page, presented in multiple languages, are helpful.

አማርኛ - Amharic

한국어 - Korean

عربى - Arabic

ਪੰਜਾਬੀ - Punjabi

繁體中文 - Chinese (Traditional)

Русский - Russian

English

Español - Spanish

فارسی - Farsi

اردو - Urdu

हिंदी - Hindi

tiếng Việt - Vietnamese

日本語 - Japanese  

 

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