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Governor Kitzhaber issues drought declaration for Baker, Gilliam, and Malheur counties

​(Salem, OR) — In response to requests from Baker, Gilliam and Malheur counties, Governor Kitzhaber issued an Executive Order declaring a state of drought emergency in those counties.
This declaration provides the state with additional water management tools to assist irrigators, municipalities and other water users.
“We have serious challenges with water availability, requiring a swift and coordinated response,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “I am directing state agencies and resources to help mitigate the situation and coordinate state assistance to help lessen the economic effects on farmers and ranchers in the counties."
The full Executive Order is available here:

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