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Governor Drought Declaration Process

Historic Record of Drought Declarations

Requesting a Governor’s Drought Declaration

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 state and federal science and emergency preparedness agencies.

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 state agencies with natural resources management, public health, or emergency management expertise.