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Drought Emergencies Expand

(Salem, OR) -- Governor Kotek has declared drought emergencies in Wasco and Harney counties. The declarations allow drought-related emergency tools for water users, including assistance. It also allows the Water Resource Department to expedite reviews and reduce fee schedules. Nearly half of Wasco County is facing severe drought. Nearly all of Harney County is experiencing drought with parts of the county in extreme drought. The drought is expected to have a significant economic impact on farms and ranches, vineyards, recreation, and tourism.

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