Drought Emergency Declared for Over Half of Oregon Counties

In this Wednesday June 10, 2015 photo, Farmer Evan Kruse gestures towards a moisture indicator placed amidst a row of blueberries to measure water content in the soil at Kruse Farms in Roseburg, Ore. (Photo: Michael Sullivan/The News-Review via AP)
In this Wednesday June 10, 2015 photo, Farmer Evan Kruse gestures towards a moisture indicator placed amidst a row of blueberries to measure water content in the soil at Kruse Farms in Roseburg, Ore. (Photo: Michael Sullivan/The News-Review via AP)

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has declared drought emergencies in four more Oregon counties, bringing the total to 19.

That’s more than half of the state’s 36 counties and the most since 2002, when 23 counties experienced drought emergencies.

“Oregon is only just beginning to face what will likely be an unprecedented wildfire season and drought,” Brown said in a statement.

Brown used the announcement to push for a $56 million package in her proposed budget that would fund a statewide water resources program.

“This program calls for collaborative, place-based planning for water conservation and storage, and includes funding for implementing projects all over the state that result from the planning efforts,” Brown said in her State of the State speech in April.

Brown declared drought emergencies Friday in Coos, Douglas, Gilliam and Jefferson counties.

That follows drought declarations in Baker, Coos, Crook, Deschutes, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Wasco and Wheeler counties.

Last year, nine Oregon counties were under drought declarations.

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SOURCE: Tracy Loew
Statesman Journal

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