It’s a perfect “unstorm.” A record low snow pack combined with record high temperatures, and record low rainfall totals, has thrown Washington state into its worst drought on record.

As the east side burns, the west side of the state is in a stage-two drought emergency. On this edition of Northwest Now, we talk to some of the state’s leading experts about the problems created by water’s nexus with climate, fish survival, drinking water resources, flood control and forest management.

“If we can get everybody to save just a little bit of water, 10 percent, by not watering your lawns, we think that will add up to about a billion gallons of water. That will help us stretch out our stored water for a longer period, and we can keep that water in the river for fish,” says Tacoma Water Supply Manager Glen George.

Northwest Now is a weekly public affairs program that you can watch Fridays at 7:30 p.m. on KBTC.

Below is a list that shows where you can find us on TV.  You can also watch past episodes and learn more about our show by going to our website.

Find us on TV:


KBTC 28.1, 28.2, 28.3 digital channels (including K41KT-D Grays River-Lebam and K24IC-D, Bellingham and Channel 16 Digital, Seattle) KCKA 15.1, 15.2, 15.3 digital channels


Comcast channel 108 (HD, most areas in Western Washington)

Comcast channel 12 (most areas – in Tacoma, Comcast channel 3)

Click! (Tacoma) channel 3

Rainier Connect channel 10

Broadstripe channel 28 (varies by area)

Verizon FiOS channel 28

Frontier Cable: 528 (HD), 28 (SD), and 474 (MHz Worlview)


Dish channel 28 (may appear as 8620)

DirecTV channel 28 (may appear as 970)