DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. – Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has announced a drought emergency for Douglas County.
This is due to low snowpack, rain and streamflow, as well as warming temperatures.
The declaration makes sure limited water supplies are used efficiently and allows state agencies to expedite water management tools.
Douglas County commissioners requested Brown make the drought emergency official earlier in May.
The county is the first west of the Cascades to receive a drought declaration. Drought emergencies have been declared in Baker, Klamath, Grant, Harney and Lake counties.