Governor posts drought info
- By Brian Robinson
- Jul 06, 2001
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has decided that the best place for people to
see up-to-date information about the drought in his state is from his own
The governor's site (www.governor.state.or.us)
now carries a "Drought Emergency Information" label that visitors can click
on to access state and federal drought data.
Other state agencies carry drought information, but it's not the first place
people usually go to get that kind of information, said Jon Coney, a spokesperson
"We've found that, when there's a disaster of any sort, the first place
people usually call is the governor's office," he said, "and that also seems
to be true of people who use the Web."
It's the first time this kind of information has been posted on the governor's
site, which has been online since 1995. However, a severe drought has hit
Oregon this year, and inquiries to Kitzhaber's office have increased dramatically
in the past few months.
In addition to state and federal agency links, the Web site also carries
the latest county disaster request status, a drought map, news releases,
the governor's disaster declarations and his correspondence to the federal
Governments increasingly are taking to the Internet to publicize this kind
of event-specific information. Montana recently revealed that it was tracking
water measurements in real time and displaying those results on the Web
in order to highlight drought-prone areas. And Palo Alto, Calif., tackled
the issue of too much water by opening a Web site that shows how fast creeks
Brian Robinson is a freelance writer based in Portland, Ore.