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Drought Watch

Implementing the Drought Executive Order

The Oregon Water Resources Department has released the first report to Governor Kate Brown regarding implementation of Executive Order No. 15-09, Directing State Agencies to Plan for Resiliency to Drought, To Meet the Challenge that a Changing Climate Brings.  OWRD received seventy-three Water Conservation and Efficiency Plans from state agencies, boards, and commissions, along with a plan from the Governor’s Office.  The documents outline actions to reduce water use, and the agencies will continue to work with OWRD and the Department of Administrative Services to achieve their water conservation goals over the next five years. 
In accordance with Executive Order 15-09; agencies should place signs and other messaging within state-owned buildings to encourage the reduction of non-essential uses of water.
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Drought Assistance Programs

Requesting a Governor-Declared Drought

Guidance Memo and Template


State Drought Assistance Programs

To learn about the State's declaration process and emergency tools, click here.

To access the Department's drought application forms, click here.


Federal Drought Assistance Programs

There is a separate drought process at the federal level.  Information on this process can be found on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Drought Programs and Assistance website. Click here for a fact sheet of various financial assistance programs offered by the USDA Farm Service Agency, USDA Rural Development, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Small Business Administration, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

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Committees and Councils

The Water Supply Availability Committee, chaired by the Water Resources Department, provides the scientific foundation that decision-makers need to identify and respond appropriately to drought.  The Committee consists of 10 state and federal science and emergency preparedness agencies. 

Meeting information:

March 16, 2016 Agenda ​Meeting Notes
April 13, 2016 Agenda Meeting Notes Presentation
​​May 16, 2016 Agenda Meeting Notes ​Presentation
June 14, 2016 Agenda ​Meeting Notes Presentation
​July 12, 2016 ​Agenda Meeting Notes ​Presentation
​August 9, 2016 Agenda ​Meeting Notes ​Presentation
September 13, 2016 ​Agenda Meeting Notes Presentation
​October 11, 2016 Agenda ​Meeting Notes Presentation
​No Meeting Held November 2016
December 13, 2016                                   Agenda                                                   Presentation                      ​                                    
​January 9, 2017    Agenda  Presentation
​February 14,2017 Agenda Meeting Minutes Presentation
​March 14, 2017 Agenda Meeting Minutes ​Presentation
​April 11, 2017 ​Agenda Presentation
​May 9, 2017 ​Agenda Presentation
​June 13, 2017 ​Agenda Meeting Minutes Presentation
​July 11, 2017 Agenda Meeting Minutes Presentation
​August 8, 2017 ​Agenda Meeting Minutes Presentation
​September 12, 2017   Agenda  Meeting Minutes  Presentation   
​October 10, 2017 Agenda Meeting Minutes ​Presentation
​No Meeting Held November 2017
​December 5, 2017 ​Agenda Meeting Minutes Presentation



The Drought Readiness Council, co-chaired by the Oregon Water Resources Department and Oregon Office of Emergency Management, reviews local requests for assistance and makes recommendations to the Governor regarding the need for state drought declarations.  The Council consists of nine state agencies with natural resources management, public health, or emergency services expertise.

Meeting information:

​May 17, 2016 Agenda Minutes Materials
​June 16, 2016 ​Agenda Minutes Materials
​July 14, 2016 ​Agenda Minutes Materials
​August 11, 2016 Agenda Minutes Materials
​September 15, 2016 Agenda ​Minutes Materials​
​October 12, 2016
Agenda    Minutes            ​Materials ​                                        
June 15, 2017 ​Agenda Minutes​ ​Materials
July 13, 2017 ​Agenda Minutes Materials
​August 10, 2017  Agenda ​Minutes Materials
​September 14, 2017 ​Agenda Minutes Materials​
​October 12, 2017 ​Agenda Minutes ​Materials
​November 16, 2017 Agenda ​Minutes Materials
​December 14, 2017 Agenda ​Minutes Materials


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Learn More About What You Can Do to Use Water Wisely

We can all do our part to lessen the effects of limited water supplies this summer. We can start by conserving the water we use today. Check out the factsheets below for information on how you can save water or visit your city's website for more information.  Many cities provide water conservation tips and some offer incentives.

     •  Saving water inside the home     
     •  Saving water outside the home 
     •  Saving water on the farm or ranch 
     •  Saving water within municipal systems 

For more information, visit the Department's Conservation Share House



Contact Your Local Watermaster for More Information:  
Watermasters in Oregon 


For media inquiries contact:   
Diana Enright 503-986-0874 


Users are invited to send questions about the use of this website, and suggestions for making it more useful, to webmaster@wrd.state.or.us

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