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Extreme Drought Prompts Request for County/Governor to Declare State of Emergency

Deschutes County commissioners will be asked Wednesday to adopt a resolution declaring a state of emergency and to ask the governor to declare a drought emergency. The Deschutes Basin Board of Control says ongoing extreme weather conditions are likely to cause widespread and severe damage to livestock, wildlife, and natural resources. The drought could also impact recreation, and tourism. The Deschutes Basin snowpack is 75% of average and the latest drought monitor map shows most of the county with extreme drought conditions. Wickiup Reservoir is expected to peak around April 1 “at record low levels. The resolution requests the state to make available temporary water rights transfers and emergency water use permits, along with federal and state drought assistance and programs, as needed.


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