Sequim's rural watershed was included in Washington Governor Inslee's first round of drought declarations in early 2015. Low water supplies predicted for streams, springs, and aquifers were extreme and unprecedented. With the City Council's blessing, staff soon identified projects that provided a “new” water source: recycled water owned by the City.
We realized we could assist both commercial agriculture AND endangered salmon by simply building a pipe. We redirected recycled water to fill almost-dry Bell Creek, home of migrating salmon and the source of irrigation for the nearby dairy farm.