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Water Availability Committee of Oregon
The product of a 1988 effort in drought planning provides for a state Drought Council that is chaired and facilitated by Oregon Emergency Management.  Members of the Council include state agencies, federal agencies, and private organizations.  The composition of the Council was designed to be large in order to assure full representation of affected interests and jurisdictions.  The Drought Council is a standing committee that meets regularly during a drought cycle.
 
Under the plan, the Drought Council is responsible for assessing the impact of drought conditions and making recommendations to the Governor´s senior advisors.  Our Oregon Drought Plan includes the establishment of a subcommittee of the Drought Council.  This subcommittee is titled the Water Availability Committee of Oregon (WACO) and membership includes the Water Resources Department (chair), Oregon Climate Service, snow survey section of the Natural Resource Conservation Service, National Weather Service, Oregon Department of Forestry, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Northwest River Forecast Center.  The subcommittee is charged with assessing water availability conditions within 14 water availability basins that cover the state of Oregon.  The subcommittee meets monthly and reports to the Drought Council at each of their scheduled meetings.  In this manner the Drought Council keeps up to date on information they bring from their organizations and differing geographic areas as they go about making recommendations for response, policy, and mitigation.  The Drought Council reports to the Governor´s assistant for natural resources.
 
The Water Resources Department has lead responsibility for water rights, conservation and curtailment in implementing emergency powers.  This is done in consultation with all interest groups, including coordination through the Governor´s office.
 
Oregon´s Governor has sole discretion to issue or terminate a drought emergency declaration.  To see the hierarchy of the drought declaration process in Oregon, please see the organizational chart
  
WACO compiles their information into a report that is made to the Director of Oregon´s Emergency Management Office.  The recommendations made to Oregon Emergency Management are taken into consideration by the Drought Council. These reports are available through the following links:

MEETING SCHEDULES
Oregon Drought Council:
To be announced
OEM Building, 3225 State Street, Salem, Oregon.

Water Availability Committee of Oregon (WACO):
To be announced
OEM Building, 3225 State Street, Salem, Oregon.
 
Oregon Drought Council Meeting Minutes
None available at this time.