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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Oregon Legislature. This is a venue for political and policy coverage of the state government in Salem and its impact on the people of Oregon.

Oregon Governor Orders State Agencies To Conserve Water

Katrin Baustmann
Oregon Governor Kate Brown has ordered all state agencies to develop a plan for conserving water.

As drought conditions worsen across the state, Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order Tuesday to help conserve water.

Oregon’s drought is spreading. More than half the state was already in drought last week when Brown declared an emergency in three more counties.

Now, she’s issuing an executive order for all state agencies to review how much water they use and develop a plan for conserving it. The goal is to reduce state agency water use by 15 percent before by the end of 2020.

Each agency will have to report to the governor’s office by November 1. Brown announced plans to issue this order earlier this month.