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Dealing with Drought

Photo of river flowing through empty reservoir
Photo courtesy of Louis Ruth from

Whether you own a large agricultural property, or are managing a small lot, there are many things we can all do to help conserve water. In addition there are many city, state and federal programs to help provide assistance and incentives for farmers and producers wondering how they will irrigate this year, or to help implement projects that will help our region make the best use of our limited water.

Some of the available project examples include:

  • Improving your irrigation efficiency
  • Adding organic matter and improving moisture retention in your soil
  • Converting thirsty lawns to water wise landscaping and xeriscaping
  • Making the most of your water with graywater systems, rain gardens, rain catchment and more.

Our staff can help you build a customized plan to conserve and maximize your water resources! Contact Kora Mousseaux for water-wise landscaping and design, Meghan Montgomery for agricultural concerns or questions, and Paul Demaggio for questions about irrigation.

Quick Tips & Tricks You Can Start Today:

  • Capture your kitchen grey water in a washtub in your sink and use it to water plants in and around your home.
  • Cut your shower time by 2 minutes-for every 2 minutes cut, you'll save about 10 gallons of water!
  • Wash dishes and clothes only when loads are full.
  • Water your lawn less often and for longer when you do water. This will encourage deeper roots and use less water over the long-run. Check out the Medford Water Commission's reccomendations.

Drought Resources

Map of Oregon Drought Conditions April 2021
Drought conditions in the state of Oregon on April 27, 2021. Visit the "Current U.S. Drought Monitor Conditions for Oregon" link on the left for up-to-date information.

Reservoir Levels & Flow Rates

United States Bureau of Reclamation

United States Army Corps of Engineers

Current Drought Information

Current U.S. Drought Monitor Conditions for Oregon

Oregon Water Resources Department Drought Watch

NOAA Seasonal Drought Outlook

City of Ashland Drought Page

Medford Water Commission Drought Page