Washington Declares Drought Emergency—Is Oregon Next? | Bent

Washington Declares Drought Emergency—Is Oregon Next?

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency today, OPB reports. The emergency status was brought about by low snowpack. Insley said that while the state should have sufficient water for drinking, crops and fish may be threatened, and wild fires are an increased risk.

California has already declared a drought emergency. Is Oregon next?

A few counties have already received an emergency declaration from Gov. Kate Brown—Baker, Malheur, Harney, Lake, Klamath, Crook, and Wheeler. And others have requests one—Deschutes, Lane, Grant, Jackson, Josephine, Wasco, Morrow, and Umatilla.

And a look at the Oregon Water Availability Committee's Water Supply Assessment shows that for most of the state's basins, drought is "inevitable," while in the remainder of the state drought is "likely."

Tell us what you think. Should Gov. Brown declare a statewide drought emergency? And if she does, how will that affect your water consumption? 

About The Author

Erin Rook

Erin is the Source Weekly's Associate Editor. Before moving to Bend in 2013, Erin worked as a writer and editor for publications in Portland including PQ Monthly and Just Out. He has also written for the Willamette Week, El Hispanic News, Travel Portland, OUT City, Boston magazine and the Taunton Daily Gazette...

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