County Commissioners declare a state of drought emergency
The Josephine County Commissioners during their Weekly Business Session voted unanimously to declare a state of drought emergency.
Commission Chair Cherryl Walker explained that the Rogue Valley has 29 percent of the average snowpack and 77 percent of the average annual precipitation. This equates to the driest year in 30 years and the lowest snowpack on record. She added that this is a precautionary measure being taken in case the county suffers from the drought and it is better to be prepared for that instance.
The benefits of the drought declaration include: assistance managing threats to agriculture, recreation and natural resources; increased flexibility when managing limited supplies; the ability for the county to benefit from emergency streamlined water rights and the ability to receive federal drought benefits such as assistance and emergency loans from the Federal Farm Service Agency.
Commissioners also approved unanimously a grant in matching funds not to exceed $50,000 for the Grants Pass Sobering Center.