By signing the order, it directs state agencies to coordinate and prioritize assistance to the region. Earlier this month, the snow water equivalent in Klamath County, was 77% of a normal water year, according to the state.
Mark Johnson from the Klamath Water Users Association, says the declaration couldn’t come at a better time.
“We sent a letter to the county commissioner several weeks ago asking them to ask the governor for a drought declaration, we’re coming off a second year of the drought the in-flows to upper Klamath Lake are the lowest they’ve been on record since the 1930s, said Johnson.
Johnson says Klamath Lake is a foot lower than it was at this time last year.