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Brown declares drought emergency in Marion County; 25 of 36 counties now in water emergencies


SALEM, Oregon — Gov. Kate Brown has declared a drought emergency in Marion County.

The governor's action on Friday makes Marion the 25th Oregon county to be under a drought declaration. Last year, 10 of Oregon's 36 counties were under drought emergencies.

The governor's drought declaration does not bring any help in the form of aid or loans, but does allow increased flexibility in how water is managed.

Last winter saw a record-low snowpack, leading to low streamflows this summer that have affected irrigators as well as fish.

Brown says drought continues to be a challenge even as summer ends.

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