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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.

Click here for information on temporary emergency rules granting a preference to water rights for human consumption use in Klamath County and water rights for stock water use in the Williamson River Basin within Klamath County.

Klamath Drought Emergency Permits

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. 

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.

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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. 

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