Governor Declares Drought Emergency

droughtJOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. – Governor Kitzhaber declared a drought emergency for Josephine County Monday. Kitzhaber made it official after the commissioner’s request last spring.

The state council then weighed the request by considering current water conditions, future forecasts and agriculture impacts, and then made recommendations. This allows the state to prioritize use of water for human consumption and livestock. It also enables residents hurt by drought to get federal aid.

Kitzhaber previously declared drought emergencies in Harney, Jackson, Klamath, Lake, Lane and Malheur counties.

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