KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Governor Brown met with Klamath County officials today to discuss the state's response to drought concerns in the region. The governor also signed an Executive Order, confirming the county's declaration of a drought emergency.
"We know 2018 is shaping up to be a very difficult year for the Klamath Basin, and we're closely monitoring drought conditions here and statewide," Governor Brown said. "I am committed to doing everything possible to make state resources available to provide immediate relief and assistance to water users throughout Klamath County. As we brace for another record-breaking drought year, collaborating with our federal partners will also be critical as we work towards locally supported, long-term solutions."
By signing the Excecutive Order, Governor Brown opens up a process by which emergency tools and assistance can be sought out by water users impacted by the drought. The drought declaration will also allow the Water Resources Department to speed up review processes and reduce fee schedules.