April 12, 2005

Wyden Launches Online List of Drought Resources

Senator's website contains links to various drought programs, disaster relief,and aid available for those suffering from the drought in Oregon

Portland, OR - Following a promise at his Drought Preparedness Forum, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden has posted a list of drought resources on his website. The list includes resources for various water users — agricultural users, fishermen, small businesses, those impacted by increased energy costs, recreational users, and others — who may suffer the consequences of a dry spring and summer in Oregon. "When drought impacts our state, people shouldn't have to spend weeks trying to figure out who to call," Wyden said. Wyden convened the Drought Preparedness Forum in Salem on March 29 to bring together water users from across the state with government agencies to discuss the preparations for the severe water shortage that is predicted for Oregon this summer. Representatives from a broad array of commercial and non-commercial interests attended and discussed the anticipated impacts on municipal water users, agriculture and other water-dependent businesses, energy costs, fish and wildlife, wildfire, and recreation. Federal and state agencies also attended and spoke about their efforts to prepare for a drought. After hearing from numerous agencies about the programs and resources they have available to assist people in the event of drought, Wyden promised to pull together a list of drought resources — all in one place — to help Oregonians navigate the many agencies that deal with drought issues. "One thing we heard loud and clear at the forum was the need for a list, all in one place, of the resources available to folks suffering through a drought," Wyden said. "I continue to hope we'll see a change in the weather and won't need to call on these programs, but I want to make sure we have a tool for folks to access the information they need if the worst does come to pass." The list of drought resources is available through Wyden's website at: http://wyden.senate.gov/media/Drought_Resources_2005/drought_resources.html