- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has declared drought emergencies in three more counties - Crook, Harney, and Klamath - due to low water levels and record low snowpack.

Brown declared a drought emergency in Malheur and Lake counties last month. She added the latest three on Monday.

The counties asked the state to take action, and the Oregon Drought Council considered the requests in light of water conditions, future climatic forecasts and agricultural impacts.

The drought continues to have significant impacts on agriculture, livestock and natural resources in each of the counties.

In the governor’s words, “Oregon’s unusually warm and dry winter has potentially dire consequences.” The declaration allows increased flexibility in how water is managed to ensure that limited supplies are used as efficiently as possible.

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