Drought Emergency in Local Counties

dry lakesLAKEVIEW, Ore. — In just a week’s time, two Southern Oregon counties have declared a drought emergency.

This week, Lake County Commissioners declared a drought emergency, just one day after Klamath County did the same. The two counties are requesting help from the state.

In a letter to the governor, Lake County Commissioners wrote that its reserves are significantly below average, at 16% of capacity.

They say most lakes and reservoirs are virtually dry, and there’s little chance of recovery before irrigation season begins in March.