Unanticipated cool, wet weather in May and June prompted the Washington Department of Ecology to cancel the drought declaration for Central and Eastern Washington.
Included in the sweeping $1 trillion infrastructure bill approved by the Senate is funding for Western water projects that farmers, water providers and environmentalists say are badly needed across the parched region.
In eastern Washington, stretches of flatlands with rolling hills along its edges that produces the nation’s fourth largest wheat crop has been devastated by a drought — the National Weather Service has classified the drought as "exceptional" and the worst since 1977.
California regulators are planning to stop thousands of farmers from taking water out of the state's major rivers and streams because of a worsening drought.
The drought declaration excludes the metropolitan areas of King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties.