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Governor Declares Drought Emergency In Jackson County

(Salem, OR) -- Oregon Governor Tina Kotek has made her ninth Drought Emergency Declaration this year. Warmer than normal temperatures in May put additional pressure on water resources. A majority of Jackson County is experiencing moderate drought conditions, and the rest of the county is abnormally dry. Jackson County is averaging 65 percent of the average stream flow. Above average snowpack helped, but the warm temperatures caused the snowpack to quickly melt and stream flows declined. The Drought Emergency Declaration allows additional tools for water users and reduced fees.

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