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Oregon state agencies told to conserve water as drought worsens

Oregon state agencies told to conserve water as drought worsens

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has declared drought emergencies in 23 of the state’s 36 counties and ordered state agencies to conserve water as another parched year threatens fish and forests, limits agriculture and recreation, and worsens the risk of wildfire. By California terms, however, Oregon’s goal appears modest: to reduce nonessential water use by an average of 15% across all state-owned facilities by the end of 2020. (California’s governor has ordered a 25% reduction in urban water use from 2013 levels through February 2016.) In an executive order issued Monday, the Oregon governor directed state agencies to “curtail or end the nonessential use of water for...

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