EUGENE, Ore. – The Lane County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to declare a local emergency due to extreme drought conditions.
County officials said the drought is expected to last into the summer.
It’s the first time since 2015 that a drought emergency has been declared in the county.
“Extreme drought conditions exist across Oregon and Lane County is experiencing a mix of extreme drought in the Cascade Foothills and severe drought nearly everywhere else,” said Lane County Emergency Manager Patence Winningham. “This declaration will open up a host of tools and resources to water right users in Lane County such as farmers, agriculture, and businesses that may be affected by surface water rights.”
The local declaration asks that the Oregon Office of Emergency Management add the county to the state’s declaration, and seeks temporary transfers of water rights, emergency water use permits and more.
For more information about drought and water conditions and how to use water wisely, visit the Oregon Water Resources Department website.