19 Oregon Counties Have Declared Drought Emergencies

By Jim McCoy Fri 12th June Newsdrought

Drought emergencies have now been declared in more than half of Oregon's 36 counties.

Gov. Kate Brown on Friday confirmed emergencies in Coos, Douglas, Gilliam and Jefferson counties.Read More »

Gov. Kate Brown Declares Drought For 8 Oregon Counties

By Jim McCoy Fri 22nd May Newsdrought

Governor Kate Brown today declared drought emergencies in eight additional Oregon counties due to drought, low snow pack levels, and low water conditions. With these eight new counties, Oregon has almost doubled the number of drought declarations made in 2014.Read More »

Another Drought Declared In Klamath County

By Jim McCoy Thu 19th March NewsdroughtKlamath County

Klamath County has declared a drought for the fourth straight year.

The Herald and News newspaper (http://bit.ly/1GYSSYj ) reports county commissioners on Tuesday declared this year's drought qualifies as extreme, compared to just severe last year.

That means another tough water year for farmers, fish and wildlife in the Klamath Basin.

Commissioner Read More »

Regional Experts Meet To Discuss Drought

By Jim McCoy Wed 28th January Newsdrought
Experts from across the West are gathering in New Mexico to discuss the effects of drought on recreation and tourism. The Western Governors' Association is putting on the two-day forum. Experts from New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Oregon will be part of the discussion. Gov.Read More »

Western Governors Discuss Drought

By Jim McCoy Mon 8th December NewsdroughtWestern Goernro's Association
Water experts from 11 Western states, several hydrology engineers and federal officials are talking about drought during a two-day workshop in Las Vegas organized by the Western Governors' Association. The meetings Monday and Tuesday are being hosted by Nevada Gov.Read More »

Jackson County Commissioners Declare Drought

Jackson County commissioners declared a local drought disaster Wednesday and will ask the state to help industries feeling the effects of a dry winter. Recent U.S. Department of Agriculture reports show the snowpack in the Rogue Basin is 31 percent of average. The Mail Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1d3rLBt ) the Mt.Read More »

Gov. Kitzhaber Declares Drought In Four SE Oregon Counties

By Jim McCoy Fri 14th February NewsdroughtGov. John Kitzhaber
Gov. John Kitzhaber has declared a drought in four counties in the high desert of southeastern Oregon and says more are likely to follow. The governor said Friday from Salem the drought declaration applies to Klamath, Lake, Harney and Malheur counties.Read More »

In Spite Of Dry Winter, There Are No Plans To Close Oregon Streams

By Jim McCoy Thu 30th January Newsdroughtfishing
- Oregon has no plans to follow California's lead in closing dozens of streams to fishing because of shallow water levels. California officials took action after the streams dipped below minimum flows, forcing already depressed native winter steelhead runs to migrate and spawn amid drought conditions. Steve Mazur is the assistant Gold Beach District fish biologist for the Oregon Read More »

Drought May Produce Water Shutoff To Klamath Basin Farms

With drought looming, the state of Oregon is preparing for the likelihood it will have to shut off irrigation to many of the 200 farms and ranches in the upper Klamath Basin as the Klamath Tribes take control of senior water rights in the region for the first time in a century. Representatives of the governor's office have been making regular visits to Klamath County to brief local officiRead More »


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