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Why our grounds may look brown

Posted on: September 23rd, 2015 by Madeline MacGregor in News & Press | No Comments

Conserving water in rest areas

You may have noticed that parts of Oregon’s scenic landscape appear more brown than usual. Oregon Travel Experience is one of many state agencies enacting water conservation plans during our state’s drought conditions. (Click on the drought map to enlarge the image and view the status of your region.)

Drought_Rating_by_County_2015OTE is complying with Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order to help preserve essential water by doing the following within our highway safety rest areas:

  • Reducing or eliminating landscaping irrigation
  • Enacting a temporary moratorium on new landscape features
  • Working to find and repair even small water leaks
  • Installing waterless urinals in the men’s restrooms

Oregon’s drought may persist or grow worse over the next few years, so now is the time to get ahead of our water-resource challenges. We will continue to monitor the situation and to implement creative solutions.

Technical resources

Read Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order concerning Oregon’s drought (PDF).

More information is available on Governor Kate Brown’s drought website.

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