About Water Quantity:
During a long, particularly wet Puget Sound winter, it’s hard to imagine that a lack of adequate water supply could possibly be an issue in this region.
1) Not enough water for people. Water shortages are, in fact, a concern to the regions growing population. Projections indicate that providing enough water for people will be increasingly difficult to accommodate.
2) Not enough water for salmon. Lack of sufficient stream flows in many areas of the Puget Sound basin makes it difficult, if not impossible, for salmon to return to their home waters. Low in-stream flows have already had a huge impact in recovering many salmon species as endangered or threatened.
3) Not enough water for other species and their habitats. Changes to natural ecological processes disrupt the flow of water into once-intact habitats. These changes include:
Diverting water for uses such as irrigation. Withdrawing water from dams. Land-use practices such as increased impervious surfaces from development, roads, etc. Modifying stream channels.
In addition, climate change is expected to contribute greatly to the projected lack of water supply.
What’s being done?
Every day, efforts to assure adequate water supply take place throughout the Sound. These efforts involve state, local, and federal agencies, tribes, non-profit organizations, businesses, farmers and citizens.