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The federal government has declared a drought emergency in 13 Oregon counties, opening up resources and assistance for residents of the areas. With reservoirs near empty and scant snow pack to fill streams, the outlook for business, agriculture, fish, recreation and a range of other needs looks dire. The Oregonian gives details: http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2015/03/feds_declare_drought_emergency.html#incart_river