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Governor declares drought emergency in 3 more Oregon counties: Curry, Hood River, and Union

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GRANTS PASS, Oregon — Gov. Kate Brown has declared drought emergencies in three more Oregon counties.

With Tuesday's declaration, 23 out of 36 counties are under drought emergencies. The new ones are Curry, Hood River and Union counties.

Brown says this year's extreme drought reflects a new reality for Oregon and dealing with it is part of the "continuing challenges of climate change."

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.

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