|MEDFORD IRRIGATION DISTRICT WILL BE OUT OF WATER NEAR SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2014.
Water theft is a crime. This is a warning letter that the District will take appropriate actions necessary to curtail the stealing of water in the event it happens again. The District may bring civil action for damages against any person who knowingly and willfully commits the unauthorized use of water or tampers with any of the District facilities. Pursuant to the Oregon Revised Statutes, the District may recover from the defendant the amount of actual damages incurred, plus punitive damages. The District may also recover the cost of the suit, reasonable attorney fees and expert witness fees. These remedies are in addition to, not in lieu of, any and all other remedies, civil and criminal provided by law.
Please do not cause the District to take these actions by following the appropriate communications with your ditchrider and office. This is for the good of all the District patrons.
EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 14-04
DETERMINATION OF A STATE OF DROUGHT EMERGENCY IN
JACKSON COUNTY DUE TO DROUGHT AND LOW WATER CONDITIONS
At the request of Jackson County by and through its County Commission in a letter
dated March 19, 2014, on the recommendation of the Drought Council and Water
Advisory Committee, and pursuant to ORS 401.165 and ORS 536.740, I find the
continuing dry conditions, low snowpack, and lack of precipitation have caused
natural and economic disaster conditions in Jackson County.
Projected forecasts are not expected to alleviate the severe drought conditions and
the drought is having significant economic impact on Jackson County's
agricultural, livestock, and natural resources.
The dry conditions present hardships for these communities: crops and agricultural
and recreation investments are at risk; animals and plants that rely on Oregon's
surface water supplies are threatened; and the risk of wildfires across the state is
greatly increased. Current conditions are being monitored and analyzed by state
agencies including the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Water
Resources, and Oregon Office of Emergency Management.
A timely response to the severe drought conditions is vital to the safety of persons
and property and economic security of the citizens and businesses of Jackson
County; I am therefore declaring a state of drought emergency in Jackson County
and directing the following activities;
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED AND DIRECTED:
I. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is directed to coordinate and
provide assistance in seeking federal resources available to mitigate conditions and
affect agricultural recovery in Jackson County.
II. The Department of Water Resources is directed to coordinate and
provide assistance and regulation for Jackson County as it determines is necessary
in accordance with ORS 536.700 to 536.780.
III. The Office of Emergency Management is directed to coordinate and
assist as needed with assessment and mitigation activities to address current and
projected conditions in Jackson County.
IV. All other departments are directed to coordinate with the above
agencies and to provide appropriate state resources as determined essential to assist
affect political subdivisions in Jackson Country.
V. This Executive Order expires on December 31 2014.
Done at Salem, Oregon this 6th day of May 2014.
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